Exclusive: Hutton sheds light on Villa future of Jota as he enters final year
Alan Hutton insisted Jota will have to adapt quickly and start performing if he wants to earn himself a new contract at Aston Villa.
The former Claret and Blue, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, identified the 28-year-old as one of a number of wingers at Villa who have failed to deliver the goods this season.
Jota was signed from derby rivals Birmingham City last summer but has struggled for game time behind Anwar El Ghazi and Trezeguet at Villa Park.
The forward only has one-year left on his contract with the Villans having put pen to paper on a two-year deal on arrival.
The Spanish winger has 12 appearances to his name this season but has featured predominantly as a substitute.
When asked by Football Insider if the winger’s future would be in question this summer, Hutton said: “The problem with the wide players at Villa is that they have been too inconsistent. In flashes, you have seen Trezegeut, El Ghazi and sometimes Jota. They are good players but they have not done it enough.
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“I played against Jota when he was at Birmingham. Technically gifted and a very good player but he has not managed to be consistent enough.
“Going into the last year of his contract it is a question of how much he wants a new deal. Is he showing enough in training? Does he warrant a start? And when you get that start you need to show why you are there.
“It is a step up from the Championship to the Premiership. He will take time to adapt but if he wants to stay there he will have to adapt quickly.”
The attacker has also suffered with injury in what has been a difficult campaign for Dean Smith’s side.
Villa currently sit 19th in the Premier League with the season currently suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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