Darren Bent heaped praise on Aston Villa attacker Jota with the 28-year-old closing in on a return to action following a hernia injury.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Villans striker revealed that he thought Jota would be able to provide a huge boost to his side upon returning as he has that extra bit of quality.

Dean Smith revealed that Jota was set to return to first-team training ahead of the Wolves game, but did suggest last Sunday’s clash with the club’s local rivals had come too early for the Spaniard to play a part in.

The 28-year-old hasn’t featured for the Villans since helping his side beat Brighton 3-1 in the EFL Cup at the end of September, however, he’s reported as being expected to return to action after the current international break.

Bent raved about Jota’s passing ability as being something that would benefit the Villans but did suggest the 28-year-old should work on adding goals to his game.

When asked if Jota will be able to provide a huge boost when back fit, Bent told Football Insider: “Yeah it could be a huge boost, he’s got that extra bit of quality.

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“He can see a pass, he can do some good things, though he is another one who needs to add goals to his game.

“He can see a pass and do the lot, but he needs to add goals to his game and if he does then I think Villa will be okay.”

Jota arrived at Villa Park in the summer after joining from Birmingham City but has so far failed to register a goal in the Premier League despite making five appearances.

In his last season with Birmingham City in the Championship, the winger racked up three goals and nine assists across the 40 league outings he made.

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