A blog for Aston Villa fans, 7500 To Holte SBNation has suggested that England-based Zimbabwean international, Marvelous Nakamba might be Villa’s best signing of the summer.
Posting onto the blog after the Villans beat EPL opponents, Norwich City 5-1 this Saturday, James Rushton said:
Aston Villa didn’t exactly need another midfielder when they opted to finalise the signing of Marvelous Nakamba. I think I speak for us all when I say that I am glad that they did. Villa always wanted Nakamba, and for good reason.
Why is Nakamba so good? Look at Villa’s formation, for one. He’s forced Conor Hourihane away from a defensive midfield slot, and kept Douglas Luiz – the Brazil U23 captain at bay. To keep Hourihane in minutes, and happy, Villa’s captain Jack Grealish has been moved to the left flank. This all circles back to Nakamba, a player who made his first league appearance just a few games back.
Forget the stats and the heatmaps for a second – they are good enough for Marvelous – and look at the field. It is Nakamba’s domain. He looks upon the plains and decides upon his actions and he makes it happen. Everything that Villa do is built upon the foundations created by Nakamba – and Villa’s third goal was a finished moved by Jack Grealish that ticked off when Nakamba won the ball and directed him forwards. He plays a boring position with a smile on his face, and defensive actions are as good as gold dust to him – he’s an addict.
It has come to the point now where I fear an injury to Nakamba more than an injury to anyone else. And to think that a fair bunch of Villans didn’t want him to join the club because they fell for the rumour that he went on ‘strike’ to ‘force through a move’.
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