Portuguese media rank Celtic's Jota above Man City hero in class top 10 list

By David Walton

November 9, 2021

Celtic winger Jota has been ranked above Man City’s Joao Cancelo and PSV’s Bruma when it comes to most impressive displays from Portuguese players abroad this week.

Popular Portuguese media outlet Maisfutebol have placed Jota 2nd on the list. He only sits behind Grasshopper Club Zurich goalkeeper Andre Moreira, who tops the ranking thanks to 10 saves made against Young Boys at the weekend.

Jota, however, sits behind him with a score of 9.1 out of 10. After 2 goals and an assist against Dundee, he was Celtic’s main man as he received plenty of plaudits post-match.

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Maisfutebol deemed him to be more worthy of the runner-up spot in their top 10 this week, above Cancelo who bagged 2 assists in the Manchester derby on Saturday.

The ranking is accumulated by using stat experts SofaScore. Jota is also ranked above the likes of Bruma and Valencia’s Goncalo Guedes. Cancelo sits 3rd in the rankings – 0.5 points behind the electric Jota.

Whilst the competition of course puts things into context, it shows that his displays continue to catch the eye back in his homeland.

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Jota is turning heads in Scotland and Portugal with his Celtic form

If you were to ask any Celtic fan, we would much rather his form wasn’t plastered all over the Portuguese media. It certainly suits us better if there wasn’t any fan-fare over how his time is going in Scotland.

But you can’t help but feel proud of him regardless. As much as we all want to keep him here permanently, people are back talking about him in his homeland once again. That will undoubtedly please him to no end.

In fact, it may even spur him on to produce even greater heights in the coming weeks. The more he puts himself in the spotlight back in Portugal, the greater his international prospects will be. That’ll be something that undoubtedly excites him as he rebuilds his career in Scotland.

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Of course, this ranking doesn’t mean that Jota is the second best Portuguese talent playing abroad. Of course it isn’t. But he is one of the standout ones from the weekend – that means something.

Celtic have a reported option to buy worth around £6m+ [Sky Sports]. As things stand, it would be a no-brainer to tie him down for the long-term. Where Jota stands on that particular idea, however, is difficult to guage.

For now, let’s just enjoy him whilst he’s contracted to the Hoops. The more publicity he gets back in Portugal, the more this is looking like the bargain of the season even if it is only temporary.

In other news, The brilliant number of supporters Celtic will be taking to Hampden next week