Despite having overseen an extensive summer overhaul, in which the Saints welcomed ten new faces, Ralph Hasenhuttl fell victim to a season of disappointing results which had left them in the relegation zone.
With his stellar performances, the club could still be plotting a move for the 23-year-old despite Nathan Jones’ arrival. It could mark a dream start to his tenure, should the move still become a reality.
It is something which is richly sought-after by the south coast club, who have endured some terrible performances this campaign from their current crop of wingers.
Theo Walcott, Stuart Armstrong, Moussa Djenepo and Mohamed Elyounoussi all let down their Austrian ex-boss, with a combined goal tally of just one for the season.
It is why adding the £17k-per-week star to the fold could revolutionise the football at St Mary’s.
It is clear that, as his boss Ange Postecoglou agreed, he is certainly a huge goal “threat”.
Although he might overperform with his expected goals tally, suggesting that he is clinical from every angle, the fact that he underperforms with his expected assists denotes that he should have more contributions than he does with the quality of chance he creates.
In every metric, he is outlined as the “special” talent that Kieran Devlin and Benfica believed he could become.
With the south coast outfit having scored just 13 goals so far this campaign, it is something which they are in desperate need of.
Jota blows away anything Jones already has at his disposal with Southampton, and this move would mark an ideal first signing as he takes on the tough task of turning around this underperforming outfit.