There is no doubting the fact that Jota has been one of the standout performers for Celtic this season. When the Portuguese winger arrived on a season-long loan from Benfica in the summer, there were a lot of doubts whether he could get it done at Parkhead. While he had been one of the most highly-rated talents in the world while coming through the youth ranks, he had not found his feet at the senior level at that point of time.
His time at Celtic has been a huge success though and he has quickly become a undroppable in Ange Postecoglou’s side.
Jota has spent the past month or so out with an injury though, that he picked up in the first game of December. There is hope that he will be back available after the winter break, with Celtic scheduled to face Hibernian on January 17.
There have been many calls for Celtic to make Jota’s move permanent, with the club having an option to buy included in the loan deal. They have been handed a major worry in that regard though.
Celtic have been handed Jota transfer worry
Benfica have recently parted ways with Jorge Jesus, with Nelson Verissimo being appointed as their interim manager.
Jota has spent the previous two seasons out of on loan, first at Real Valladolid and then at Celtic. But a new manager at Benfica might have different plans for the Portuguese winger.
It remains to be seen how things turn out but ultimately, it might all come down to him and what he wants to do with his future. Celtic are believed to have an option to buy in the deal around £6.5 million.
According to stats from Transfermarkt, Jota has scored 8 goals and provided 7 assists in 18 appearances for Celtic this season. Brilliant numbers for any winger.
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