Aston Villa have to rival Sheffield United for Dean Smith favourite Jota

Jota of Birmingham City battles with Chris Mepham of Brentford during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Birmingham City at Griffin Park on October 2, 2018 in Brentford,...

Sheffield United reportedly want Jota from Birmingham City.

14th September 2018, St. Andrews Stadium, Birmingham, England; EFL Championship football, Birmingham City versus West Bromwich Albion; Jota of Birmingham City asks the linesman for a foul

Dean Smith will have already started drawing up his January transfer window shortlist at Aston Villa after joining from Brentford earlier this month, and he should be rivalling Sheffield United for one of his former players.

The Birmingham Mail claimed on Monday that Chris Wilder's Blades fancy the Blues' 27-year-old ahead of the January window, as he continues to supply the creativity in Garry Monk's struggling side.

Jota only joined Birmingham in the summer of 2017 to join Brentford, and has since clocked up 47 appearances in all competitions - scoring six goals and creating six.

 

But beforehand, the Spaniard spent two years under Dean Smith at Griffin Park where he scored at an impressive ratio of one goal almost every three games with 23 strikes in 78 appearances.

Villa sacked Steve Bruce for a lack of attacking creativity, and other than Jack Grealish, the Championship side certainly lack in attacking midfielders that can unlock a defence.

So, Villa have to rival Sheffield United for Jota, a player that thrived under the guidance of attack-minded Smith at Brentford. 

26th August 2017, Griffin Park, London, England; EFL Championship football, Brentford versus Wolverhampton Wanderers; Jota of Brentford on the ball

The Spanish star has the flair and attacking tenacity required to wow fans at Villa Park, and would fit right at home in a side that need to supply the likes of Tammy Abraham and Jonathan Kodjia.

Adding him into a side boasting the likes of Yannick Bolasie, Anwar El Ghazi and John McGinn would surely strengthen Smith side's chances of gaining promotion back to the Premier League.

Jota of Brentford during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Griffin Park on August 26, 2017 in Brentford, England.

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