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Speaking to BBC Radio WM, via Wolves Bite, Mel Eves has laid down a huge claim about Diogo Jota, tipping him to eventually fill the boots of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Jota has already started pre-season and the new campaign in scintillating form, netting two goals against Newcastle in the Premier League Asia Trophy before scoring against Crusaders last week too.
The Portuguese has had a fantastic summer and was a part of the Portugal squad that won the Nations League in their own country a matter of months ago.
Also in that squad was a certain Ronaldo but he’s been tipped to be succeeded in the national side by Jota.
That’s according to former Wolves man Eves, who said the 22-year-old could eventually be the legend’s replacement.
He told BBC Radio WM, via Wolves Bite:
“I think he can be as good as he wants to be. His next thing is to force his way into the Portuguese national team, and playing with Ronaldo, or even being the overall replacement for someone like him. He’s got big boots to fill, but I think he’s that good and he has that potential.”
Only time will tell whether Jota has the capabilities to replace one of the greatest footballers of all time.
After all, Ronaldo is a footballer who has won countless individual and team awards throughout his career, cementing himself as one of the most decorated to play the game.
The Wolves man, therefore, will have a lot of work to do and it would be a touch too far to suggest he can become as good as the Juventus star.
Jota enjoyed a terrific second half of the 2018/19 campaign, though, netting nine times in the Premier League.
He’s yet to earn a cap for his national side but it surely won’t be too long before we see him in action on the international stage, particularly if his pre-season form carries on into the league.
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If you consider who he scored goals against last term, you can certainly see why he’s being tipped highly.
He was sensational against Arsenal in April, scoring a fine solo goal against the Gunners whilst he also bagged strikes versus Manchester United on two occasions and Chelsea.
Jota is certainly the man for the big occasion and that should certainly help if he does eventually replace Ronaldo in the Portugal side.