Date: 17th July 2019 at 5:00pm
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EXCLUSIVE

Darren Bent says that new arrival Jota was always destined for the Premier League but that his journey to the top flight with Aston Villa has been a confusing one.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Villa and England striker revealed that he cannot wait to see what the 28-year-old has to offer England’s elite after his move from rivals Birmingham City.

The Spanish star swapped the Blues for the Villans in a deal involving Gary Gardner, securing a reunion with former manager Dean Smith after their time at Brentford.

Bent says he thought Jota would have made the move straight to the Premier League after his stint with the Bees and that his moves to both Birmingham and Aston Villa have left him baffled for different reasons.

Bent told Football Insider: “I’m really excited. To be fair, he’s one player that really does confuse me. When he was at Brentford, I remember thinking: ‘Wow, who is this kid?’ His left foot was nice, I thought what a player. 

“I expected him to end up at a Premier League side, then he ended up at Birmingham. I was like: ‘What’s happened here?’ because his ability on the ball, his passing and everything, he really, really impressed me.

“Then he makes the move across the park to their rivals, I’m like: ‘Wow!’ I’m excited to see him make the step up. Technically, he’ll make the step-up easy because he’s a very good player. I think he’s got the capability to do it. Just whether the pace of the pace is too fast for him.”

Jota has 144 Championship appearances under his belt for the Bees and the Blues, scoring 31 goals and chipping in with a further 22 assists as both a winger and an attacking midfielder.

His move to Villa makes him one of just three natural wingers in the squad, Anwar El Ghazi and Andre Green the other options available to manager Smith.

In other Aston Villa news, it can be REVEALED that a Villa forward is in advanced talks over joining a new club for next season.