Heading into the summer, Celtic must have known that they were facing a massive task. The club had finished 25 points behind the Rangers in the Premiership last season while a number of first-team players were also expected to depart Parkhead.
Thus, they must be happy with the transfer window that they have had. The club managed to sign twelve players over the course of the summer, with two of them being loan deals while the other ten arrived on a permanent basis.
Jota is one player who arrived on loan but there is an option to buy included in the deal. And it is safe to say that if he can find his feet at Parkhead, then the fans might be in for quite a treat.
The Portuguese youngster was one of the brightest prospects in world football while coming through the youth ranks and at one point of time, he was even linked with a move to Real Madrid. Alan Hutton seems to rate Jota highly. As reported by Football Insider, the pundit said:
“He wants to take people on and make things happen.
“He’ll be a replacement for Christie, and he seems an exciting, young player with a lot of talent.
“This is a good move for Celtic because you can have him at the club for a season and get a right good look at him.
“Then you can decide if you want to spend the £6-7million.”
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Jota is certainly an exciting signing for Celtic
What is perhaps most exciting about the Jota signing is the fact that he has not quite found his feet in senior football yet.
While he was a standout performer for both club and country at youth level, things have not gone quite as smoothly for Jota at the senior level. He spent the previous season on loan at Real Valladolid from Benfica but was not a first-team regular there either.
He is a brilliant dribbler of the ball and always ready to take his man on. He has also shown at youth level that he has an eye for goal as well. Now, it appears to be about putting it all together. The option to buy included in the loan deal is believed to be more than £6 million, which just goes on to show how highly he is still rated.