Rafa Benitez Makes Bold Move For This Talented Spanish Playmaker

We have been linked with Brentford attacking midfielder Jota over the last month or so but he’s probably not been one of our top targets – but things have changed after we have missed out on a number of our top targets.

The Mirror is now reporting that Newcastle’s Rafa Benitez is again interested in signing the Spanish attacking midfielder.

Jota appeared 23 times this year for the Bees after returning from a loan spell with Eibar in Spain, and he scored a terrific 12 goals and had 5 assists in the second half of the season for his Championship club.

We all are well aware that Rafa is frustrated with the lack of quality players coming through the door at Newcastle this summer, but the manager is still hoping to get three good players in this month to augment his Premier League squad.

The 26-year-old Spanish playmaker has one year left on his Brentford contract so the hope at Newcastle is we can get him in permanently at a fairly reasonable fee – unlike some other players available this summer.

Jota was on loan at Spanish club Eibar during almost the whole of 2016 but returned to Brentford at the end of last year.

Jota was signed by Brentford back in the summer of 2014 from Celta Vigo on a three year deal for an undisclosed fee – and that contract included a one year option, which was taken up by the Bees.

In August of 2015, he suffered ankle ligament damage in the opening game of the season against Ipswich – and was out of action until that December.

Jota has now played 74 games for Brentford with 23 goals and 9 assists – and while at Eibar on loan a couple of times in 2013-2014 and then in 2016 he played a total of 57 games and scored 11 goals with 3 assists for them.

West Ham is also after this player.

What do you think about this?

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • TyneMouth

    Aug 12, 2017 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #1

    Not worth a jot!

    Sign Perez, Kenedy on loan, hopefully with an option to buy.

    Search for a number 10, job done…

  • hibbit

    Aug 12, 2017 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #2

    the thing about squad numbers at this sage of the of the season they can be easily changed
    its what happens when the window closes and who’s got the shirt then that that counts

  • RUNAWAY777

    Aug 12, 2017 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #3

    Just a average player will not make the squad any better then it is Sorry no thank you.

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 12, 2017 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #4

    ”Just an average player.” Have you actually ever seen him play!!! Baffles me how people can judge on nothing concrete whatsoever. If Rafa rates him that’ll do for me.

    Following Ashley’s interview I found it sad that the questioning was so tame and didn’t challenge him or pick up on anything such as :-.

    1) No one is saying we can challenge the top 4 when it comes to spending, but when Bournemouth with an 11,000 home crowd can buy 20M players, it is galling when a club with 52000 can’t!

    2) If Ash’s assets are all paper why was he able to purchase a 200M housing complex in an affluent part of London recently.

    3) If he can’t provide funds for us to compete why not sell at a fair price to someone who can. Ash allegedly quoted the Mansoors 600M prior to buying Man city and allegedly also went on a half hearted jolly to the U.A.E to look for a buyer. It’s as if Ashley doesn’t want us, but doesn’t want anyone else to either. So selling at a realistic price given the guys capacity for dishonesty and greed isn’t going to happen any time soon.

    And yes – Name: Jib, subject: the bleeding obvious. Of course he can lose millions in casinos if he wants but for someone who says he has no liquid cash and can’t help us it’s a strange scenario.

  • goalseeker

    Aug 12, 2017 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #5

    After that interview, no I would not call it an interview they should challenge, it was more a PR exercise so that the press pass for St James’ was retained than a challenging true inquisitive reporter would do.

    However, time to put all that behind us now there are 11 guys wearing Black & White shirts tomorrow who will need a 100% support. Time to make some noise for the boys. I can remember when we were kicking from the Leaze’s there was a wall of noise supporting the players and when we turned around the wall of noise also turned around and the Gallowgate came alight. Time to do it all again. You can bitch and moan to your hearts delight until 1:30 then it is total devotion and cheering us on to a very hard fought 3 points to get the PL off to a positive start. If you see someone not giving total support ask them why they are there.
    Howay the lads!


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