Spanish playmaker Jota reunited with Dean Smith this summer when he signed for Aston Villa.

Aston Villa coach Richard O’Kelly has claimed that he was ‘surprised nobody came in for’ Jota when he was at Brentford, as he stated that he has always been ‘Premier League class’. 

The 28-year-old signed for Villa earlier on in the summer when he made a £4 million switch from rivals Birmingham City, with Gary Gardner heading in the other direction, as reported by the Birmingham Mail. 

O’Kelly and Dean Smith would have worked with Jota during their time at Brentford, with the playmaker parting ways with the duo when he signed for Birmingham City in 2017. 

Now that Jota has reunited with his former coaches, O’Kelly has spoken highly about the versatile attacker, who now has the chance to prove his worth in England’s top-flight. 

“Jota? He was Premier League class (at Brentford),” O’Kelly told AVFC’s official YouTube account. “It surprised me nobody came in for him, and he ended up going to Blues. Already this pre-season, he’s shown the quality and class he’s got. He’s right up there with the running stats every day.”

Jota didn’t really show his true worth at Birmingham because he was playing for a defensive-minded team that nearly avoided relegation to League One.

Now, that he is a Premier League player, and playing under an attack-minded manager, Villa supporters might just see the best of the technically gifted ace. 

Jota’s natural position is out wide on the right, but if need be, he can deploy a role in the middle of the park, but those roles, at this moment, belong to Jack Grealish and John McGinn. 

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