Despite missing the FA Cup defeat to West Ham last weekend, attacking midfielder Jota is fit to return for Birmingham for the Championship clash with Middlesbrough this weekend.
The 27-year-old Spaniard has been a regular for manager Garry Monk this season with one goal and five assists in 22 league appearances so far this season.
So how big a boost is the return of Jota for the Blues?
“Definitely, it’s great news.
“The Blues have done really well getting through matches off the back of their tireless work rates and telepathic teamwork.
“But at times they have lacked that player to provide a bit of magic out of nowhere like Jota can provide.”
“Absolutely. He’s one of the expensive players who helped cause the FFP problems.
“That’s not to say he owes them, but it underlines the talent he has and how he should be contributing.
“He’s a top player on his day and will be crucial in the coming weeks for Garry Monk.”
“Of course, Jota is a player that improves Birmingham’s starting XI.
“In a very workman-like side, the winger brings class on the flank and is a key part of what Monk is doing at St Andrew’s.
“His return makes the Blues stronger this weekend.”
“This is a significant development for Birmingham heading into this weekend’s match.
“Jota is somewhat of a talisman for Garry Monk’s side, and his inclusion for Saturday will be a welcome sight for many of the Blues’ faithful.
“I think Birmingham will have a slight advantage over their opponents with Jota in their team.”
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