Opinion: 5 shot, 4 dribble Celtic star is back in form after quiet spell
Celtic winger Jota had a bit of a quiet spell for the Hoops when the team returned from the break for the World Cup. The 23-year-old, who when he is at his best is the best player by far in Scotland, went seven games in total without a goal or an assist for the Hoops, with five of those games being played after the World Cup.
The good news for the Hoops though is that the winger looks back in form, and he showed that in the recent 2-0 victory over Dundee United.
Not only did the player score Celtic’s all-important opening goal in the win, but he, according to WhoScored.Com, had the most shots, shots on target and dribbles out of any player that featured in the game at Tannadice, and that is a promising sign for the player and the club.
Jota really looked up for the game from the first whistle, and it has to go down as one of his best performances of the season. Indeed, the player looks to be back in form overall, as in his last thee league appearances for the Hoops, he has contributed two goals and an assist, taking his total for the 2022/23 season to nine goals and seven assists, which is a more than decent return for a winger.
Jota will surely be hoping to reach double figures in both goals and assists before the end of the season, and if he can stay fit then it seems just a matter of time before he does so.
Even though Jota is one of Celtic’s best players, he will know that with the number of wingers in the squad, he has to be at his best for the Hoops or he will lose his place in the starting line-up.
However, if Jota can maintain the same level of performance that he did against Dundee United, then there is no danger of him being left on the bench any time soon.
Jota might have had a quiet few games for the Hoops this season, but he is too good not to get back to his best sooner rather than later, and that was shown at Tannadice, where he and Aaron Mooy – the two goal scorers in the game – were integral to the Bhoys getting the three points.
Now that Jota is back in form, it wouldn’t be a shock to see him turn in some more excellent performances for the Hoops as the Bhoys look to win a second Premiership title in a row under Ange Postecoglou.