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Rafa Benitez Now After Surprise Spanish Midfield Target

There’s a report in Sky Sports today that Newcastle are interested in signing Jota (full name Jose Ignacio Peleteiro Ramallo), who is a Spanish attacking midfielder who plays for Brentford in the Championship.

Jota was on loan at Spanish club Eibar during almost the whole of 2016, but returned to Brentford at the end of last year – maybe the Newcastle scouts watched him during the first half of last season while they were scouting French center-back Florian Lejeune, who played at Eibar last season.

Other clubs reported to be interested in the player are said to be West Ham and Everton.

25 year-old Jota of Brentford

Jota was signed by Brentford 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 suffering damaged ankle ligaments in the opening game of the season against Ipswich and was out of action until that December.

In January of 2016, he left on loan to Eibar until June 2017 due to personal reasons; Jota was unsettled and seemed to be missing his family and that was the main reason for his return to Spain.

So he’s had a bit of an in-and-out time of it at Brentford being recalled from loan by Brentford at the end of 2016 after receiving international clearance so he spent almost all of 2016 playing at Eibar, where he played really well and helped the club get promoted to La Liga in May 2016.

But in the last five months of the Championship season Jota seemed to come alive and scored 12 goals and laid on five assists in 21 total appearances.

Jota now has just one year left on his contract, but since he only just became a starter at Brentford we wonder if the 25 year-old is good enough for Newcastle and good enough for the Premier League?

That seems to be the big question.

He 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 times and scored 11 goals with  3 assists.

We assume Rafa knows about his performances from his many contacts and presumably the Newcastle manager thinks  he can make the step up to the Premier – that’s always assuming the Sky Sports report is accurate.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jun 13, 2017 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #1

    So what’s happened in the month I’ve been away.

    Atsu signed permanently.

    Anita released amongst others.

    Woodman had a cracking U-20 WC, Armstrong not so much.

    The rest just noise, including these takeover rumours.


    Jun 13, 2017 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #2

    Another one to add to the ever growing list….but until they are at the training ground doin a medical….nee point believing anything!!!

  • john tudor

    Jun 13, 2017 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #3

    not a lot

  • hibbit

    Jun 13, 2017 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #4

    exactly my attitude
    the rest is just bullshit

  • cyprus

    Jun 13, 2017 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #5

    Just saw your comment, at work…

    Anyways, I feel he hasn’t been given a proper run and when he did score, he sometimes was dropped.

    Mitrovic is only 22, and he’s already an established goal scoring international, who was voted among the top 20 new prospects in the world. To boot, he won MVP in a few tournaments.

    This year, when he played, we were more balanced and dominated. Remember, this year we got the results but we hardly humiliated ANY teams.

    Not saying he’s come good. But the potential is surely there 🙂

    That’s why I need a CF, as job 1.


    Jun 13, 2017 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #6

    No bother mate

    Until we morph into Serbia his international record means nothing to me tbh sorry but he cant translate that form into a Newcastle shirt and am not Serbian

    Last season was his chance and he fluffed it Ive said from January I’ll be shocked if he is still here when this season starts and I see no reason to change my mind

  • ZIPPIE57

    Jun 13, 2017 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #7

    Surely we can do better than Mota ?

  • john tudor

    Jun 13, 2017 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #8

    cant do better than what we have it’ll be a make do and mend attitude from ashley …….
    we tried but blah blahblah same old same old

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 13, 2017 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #9

    We won’t be signing anyone until the takeover talks are settled..

  • Wayayman

    Jun 13, 2017 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #10

    The thing with a player like Mitro is that he’s only going to thrive in a team set up to make the most of his strengths. Rafa is big on having his teams able to switch formations several times during a game, and he himself stated that he wouldnt try that with us in the season just gone as he knows it takes a certain level of player and experience to be able to do it. Might explain the sort of players we are going to bring in but we wont know who the team will be until the window closes!
    Think of what he did with Dirk Kuyt. Turned him from an average striker to a superb LM/front man who grafted his erm, socks off quietly and efficiently. The lad is still playing now at a decent level too. So we might end up with a team of grafters and maybe a sole ‘flair’ player if we’re lucky. No complaints from me mind, I trust Rafa implicitly.


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