Tottenham Hotspur linked with Al-Ittihad’s Jota
Jota moved to Al-Ittihad from Celtic just this summer, following a number of superstars to the Middle East, but he is now being linked with Tottenham Hotspur.
Last month, it was claimed that Spurs are trying to sign Jota from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. And now, pundit Alan Hutton has given his two cents on the issue.
The former Tottenham and Aston Villa defender told Football Insider:
“He will be on massive wages you would have thought but if he were to join on loan Spurs would only have to pay part of that. Ange [Postecoglou] obviously knows him really well and knows what he is capable of.”
“I think that is a position where Tottenham probably could have a little bit of competition, the likes of Son and Kulusevski play on the outside but I think he could add something to it.
“I think he has got the quality to play in the Premier League, he is at a good age, he is still getting better and it is always a little bit easier when you know the manager because you feel like you are onto a winning start already. What a player he could be.”
To be fair, questions were raised in fans’ minds when Jota made the switch to SPL at the age of just 24 instead of fighting for the top football titles in Europe. Saudi Arabia is taking giant strides in football.
But it can, in no way, match the cultural clout of European football, at least not right now. Jota is not playing regularly for Al-Itihad and has just 133 minutes of action across competitions, scoring once.
His contract also runs until June 2026 (Transfermarkt). But given that he signed just this summer, this is a move that seems very hard for Spurs to conduct. Every party will have to be on board for this to happen.
Even if Al-Ittihad want to sell Jota, which isn’t certain right now, the player will have to agree to leave the club before his deal expires. Spurs currently have Manor Solomon, Son Heung-min, Dejan Kulusevski, Richarlison, and James Maddison as players in the final third.
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Jota can, of course, add immense depth on the flanks but will he want to leave SPL so soon and come to a team where he may not be a starter, even if he knows Ange Postecoglou from their time together at Celtic? It seems like an unlikely speculation. But never say never in football…