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Jota a key figure at Brentford; how long can the Bees keep him?

Brentford's Ramallo Jota scores their fourth goal to complete his hat trick

Brentford have looked like a side transformed since the return of Jota to Griffin Park, and the popular Spaniard seems to have found his home in Dean Smith's side.

Brentford's Ramallo Jota celebrates scoring their fourth goal to complete his hat trickJota has scored eight goals in his last 13 Championship games for Brentford

The Spanish midfielder was on loan at La Liga side Eibar but was recalled by Brentford after dropping down the pecking order for the Spaniards.

The announcement of his return was met with enthusiasm amongst supporters and the 25-year-old has been repaying their faith since his move back to West London. Jota scored the final goal to secure a thrilling 5-3 victory for his side at Burton Albion on Saturday. It was his eighth goal since his return to the Championship.

The former Celta Vigo man has also notched up four assists in his 13 appearances for the Bees this season. His performances have not only helped soften the blow of the loss of top goalscorer Scott Hogan to Aston Villa, but made Hogan's early season heroics seem a distant memory.

Brentford boss Smith revealed to Get West London, that it was Jota who was in contact to try and secure a move back to Griffin Park.

Smith said: "I knew it would give the fans a lift and he wasn't playing over in Eibar.

“He's sorted his personal problems out but the big thing for me was he expressed a desire to come back.

“He phoned me and told me he wanted to come back and I was only too happy to accept it."

Brentford's Ramallo Jota celebrates scoring their third goalJota has been a major contributor towards Brentford's recent goal haul.

Jota's ability to play on either wing and even through the middle makes him a tricky player to play against. Many players who come under scrutiny in that position are often criticised for being too one dimensional. The flair that he brings to the side has given Brentford a new identity.

Supporters will be hoping that Jota continues this fine form until the end of the season. One downside of Jota's blistering performances is that clubs, if they haven't already, will take notice and enquires about the Spaniard's availability will flood in.

But as we have seen with the transfer saga with Hogan, if Brentford do let him move on, it will not be on the cheap.

Brentford's Ramallo Jota with the match ball at the end of the game after scoring a hat trickJota with the match ball after scoring a hat trick against Rotherham in February

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