Celtic writer Paul John Dykes has claimed that Ange Postecoglou’s system could be a ‘big concern’ for Portuguese winger Jota.
The 22-year-old signed for the club on transfer deadline day at the end of August and will spend the season on loan with the Bhoys.
However, when speaking on the A Celtic State of Mind podcast, Dykes outlined a potential fear he has regarding the winger’s ability to fit into Postecoglou’s vision.
He said: “Jota has been so, so impressive, I think, and I hope that continues.
“But if you’ve got a manager who’s so fixed in his view of how his team’s going to play – regardless of how good they are, if they don’t fit his system, it might not work.
“And that’s a big, big concern at the moment.”
TIF Thoughts on Jota and Celtic…
Jota’s talent seems to be there for all to see. Indeed, before he signed, he had featured heavily for Portugal’s Under-21s side, scoring five times in 18 matches.
After making his debut for Celtic in the impressive 3-0 win over Ross County, however, things haven’t gone so well for the Bhoys. A loss and a draw in their two following Scottish Premier League fixtures suggest that something needs to change for Jota and co.
Dykes seems to believe that Postecoglou is ‘fixed’ on how he wants his team to play, and so if he’s not willing to change the system, he may look to change the players operating in it – and this could be bad news for Jota.
Still, the winger has barely been at the club a month, and he will likely get plenty of chances to prove his quality.