The Chalkboard: Jota is the key to Birmingham beating Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday

Birmingham City are in a rich vein of goalscoring form ahead of their clash against Bolton Wanderers at St Andrew’s on Tuesday.

Garry Monk’s side are beginning to establish themselves as an outside candidate to sneak into the play-offs following their recent run of form.

The Blues have claimed seven points from a possible nine and scored nine goals in the process, with Che Adams continuing to thrive at the spearhead of the attack.

But the 22-year-old’s form in recent weeks has been aided by the notable improvement in Jota’s form in midfield. The Spanish playmaker – valued at £4.05 million per Transfermarkt – scored the opener while operating at the tip of the diamond against Nottingham Forest in a 2-0 win recently before he caused further damage when drifting infield at Loftus Road last time out.

He dissected QPR’s defensive line with a delicious through ball into Adam’s path to provide the assist for his team’s second, but his role in the four first-half goals really showcased his huge quality at this level.

Jota rounded off a neat piece of interplay with a curled finish from distance which unfortunately crashed off the post, but the ball eventually found its way into the net on the rebound courtesy of Adams.

There have been times when the Spaniard’s role in the side has been questioned but his recent performances have underlined his importance to Birmingham’s success; when Jota plays well so do his attacking-minded teammates.

It seems that Monk has found a system which allows the 27-year-old’s playmaking expertise to shine through, and that must continue against the Wanderers on Tuesday to ensure City extend their winning run to three games on the bounce.