Jota’s two injury time goals to secure victory against Rotherham (and complete his first hat-trick for the club) back in February signalled the triumphant return of ‘King Jota’, the tricky Spanish winger, following a year-long loan spell at La Liga’s Eibar.
Remarkably the Spaniard has now scored six times for the Bees in second half stoppage time, most memorably twice against Fulham not to mention goals against Wolves and Nottingham Forest during his first spell at the club.
Whilst José Ignacio Peleteiro Ramallo, Jota for short, may not be a household name to those to have not visited Griffin Park, his performances at the end of last season saw him become arguably the Championship’s best player since returning to British shores in January.
Jota finished the season in outstanding form and wreaked havoc from the Bees’ right flank, contributing 12 goals and 5 assists in just 21 games. Hopefully, he can continue this form into the 2017/18 season which will see Jota’s first full season at the club since 2014/15 and his spell at Eibar.
Brought through the ranks at Celta Vigo, Jota was in the youth set-up whilst the first team achieved promotion to the La Liga and also helped Eibar to promotion to La Liga – this time playing a starring role and contributing 11 goals in 35 games.
It was this sort of form that attracted the Bees to the wing wizard and his first season saw him score 11 in 42 games as Brentford reached the semi-finals of the play-offs, only to be beaten by Middlesbrough (who coincidentally are back in the Championship this season).
Following an emotional ‘see you later’ from the King himself in January 2016, the Spaniard was allowed to go on loan to Eibar in La Liga due to personal circumstances. Less than twelve months later, Jota signalled his intentions to return and in January he was pulling on a Bees shirt again, scoring within 30 minutes of playing time.
Now with Jota back in Brentford, here’s to hoping we hear commentators and fans alike shout in jubilation –