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The Chalkboard: Jota has plenty of work to do to make it at Aston Villa

According to Sky Sports, winger Jota is set to join Aston Villa following their promotion back to the Premier League.

Unfortunately for the Villans, it’s not the wide man who’s been tearing the top-flight apart for Wolves. Instead, it’s one of Dean Smith’s former Brentford players who will make the move from Birmingham.

Sky Sports report that Gary Gardner will go the other as part of the deal whilst The Sun have claimed that there is also a transfer fee of £4m involved.

The 27-year-old has been a solid Championship player in recent years but would have plenty of work to do to make it at the top level.

On the chalkboard

In short, Aston Villa have just made their first mistake of the transfer window.

Smith has been in need of wingers after the poor return he received from the likes of Albert Adomah and Andre Green in 2018/19, but Jota is hardly the solution.

The Spaniard played under his new manager with the Bees for a period between 2014 and 2017, showing impressive form.

In successive seasons he netted 11 and 12 goals, per WhoScored. However, his goal threat since then has lessened significantly.

Assuming he plays on the right for Villa when he arrives, he won’t do much to make up for the lack of goals in wide areas last season.

If you consider the step up that’s required to the Premier League, it’s a questionable signing.

Last term Jota managed just three goals in 62 attempts on goal. 38 of those efforts were from outside the box.

A number of years ago he was superb in front of goal but his lack of composure is now a real worry.

He only had 22 shots on goal from inside the penalty area across the entirety of last season which displays his inability to get in positions where he can hurt the opposition.

In the top flight Villa will need all the firepower they can get, but it’s difficult to see Jota providing them with the boost they need, especially at a higher level.

If they are to avoid relegation, better quality must be found. Joe Lolley, who the club are expected to bid £10m for, would be a far better option.

Article title: The Chalkboard: Jota has plenty of work to do to make it at Aston Villa

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