Sheffield United are in the hunt for an attacking midfielder who can add a creative edge to the side ahead of their Premier League return.
Chris Wilder’s side secured automatic promotion from the Championship with the best defensive record in the division, and the Blades are now looking to further develop their attacking options ahead of the top-flight.
With this in mind, it is understood United are weighing up a possible deal for Birmingham playmaker Jota, according to the Sheffield Star.
Jota was involved in 14 goals during his 40 appearances for Garry Monk’s side this season, with the Spaniard playing a key role as the Blues dodged relegation following their nine-point deduction.
It now appears that the 27-year-old could be on the verge of his Premier League breakthrough after spending the majority of his last five years in the Championship for Brentford and then Birmingham.
But would this be a good signing for the Blades as they equip themselves for the Premier League?
“I am not convinced by this.
“Yes, Jota can look Premier League class but frequently he fails to find any sort of consistency even in the Championship.
“There is a chance that Wilder would be able to turn him into the player he has shown he can be but I do not think it is worth their time.”
“I think this is exactly what Sheffield United need.
“They have a functional side, a really effective one at that, but they need a spark of genius in there.
“They need the element of unpredictability, the flair that Jota brings would be perfect.
“For the right price, this is a great move.”
“I’m really not sure about this potential transfer deal.
“Jota was fantastic for Brentford, but let’s be honest, he’s failed to set the world alight and live up to expectations since his move to Birmingham.
“Furthermore, he doesn’t really fit in with Wilder’s transfer policy, and I think that there are better options out there for the Blades.”
“This could be a good signing.
“On his day Jota can be one of the most difficult midfielders around to deal with, and he is one who can come up with that crucial match-winning delivery, which could be crucial for the Blades in particular next season.
“The big question would be whether or not he can make the step up to the Premier League.”