Darren Bent has suggested that Aston Villa’s attacking options will love playing alongside summer signing Jota thanks to the Spaniard’s vision and decision making in the final third of the pitch.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Villa and England hitman says that having a creative presence who is looking to set up the strikers before shooting themselves is a huge asset in the side and that Jota ticks the necessary boxes.
The 28-year-old joined the Villans from local rivals Birmingham City this summer in a deal which saw Gary Gardner head in the opposite direction, the winger having already worked with manager Dean Smith during their time at Brentford.
Bent says that Jota plays in a similar way to Manchester City and Premier League legend David Silva in the way he positions himself and carries out his duties as a winger, insisting it will be exactly what Wesley Moraes and the other forwards want.
“What I like about him is that he’s always looking to pass first,” Bent told Football Insider.
“Before he looks to shoot, he’s looking to slide his frontman in and as a frontman, there’s no better feeling than you knowing you’ve got a midfielder on the pitch that’s looking to pass and create to provide opportunities.
“He’s like a David Silva-type winger, or Bernardo Silva. I’m not trying to compare quality but we’re talking about them not having to be that quick but is really clever, takes up intelligent positions so that no one can really mark him. Around the box, he’ll make the right decision.
“He can be a really, really good addition to their squad.”
Jota has featured in all three of the club’s Premier League games this season but only made his first start against Everton on Friday night, his perfectly-weighted through ball setting up Wesley for the opening goal.
He played 144 times in the Championship for Brentford and Birmingham, scoring an impressive 31 goals and setting up his teammates for 22 assists.
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