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Valencia may be undergoing something of a transitional season under new manager Miroslav Djukic, but support striker Jonas continues to prove himself as a more than capable performer in La Liga.
And his latest showing, featuring an eight-minute hat-trick in the 3-0 win over Osasuna on Sunday evening, further highlighted the talented Brazilian's attacking talents.
With Djukic once again leaving No. 9 Helder Postiga on the substitutes bench, Jonas was tasked with leading the line. However, with his natural inclination being to drop into deep-lying forward positions, it gave Valencia the look of a 4-2-4-0 formation against Javi Gracia's side, and Jonas revelled in the away defence's apparent confusion at not being sure who to mark—WhoScored.com giving him a 9.6 rating.
Not blessed with great pace nor physical power, Jonas uses his clever movement and intelligence to find chances for himself, and when presented with three opportunities around the half-time interval, he made no mistake with any.
Just before the break, Sofiane Feghouli's defence-splitting pass found Antonio Barragan who squared for Jonas to tap home, before three minutes into the second-half, Jonas smashed home a magnificent second.
Stationed just to the right of the penalty spot, having originally run the defenders onto their own six-yard box, Jonas pulled away to meet Feghouli's cutback with a stunning volley which left keeper Andres Fernandez rooted to the spot.
And five minutes later, the Brazilian had a classy third, rifling a Barragan pull-back in off the crossbar from 16 yards.
The result puts Los Che ninth in La Liga and eases some of the pressure on Djukic, while simultaneously moving Jonas to eight goals in 12 league appearances.