Former Aston Villa and England striker Darren Bent has urged manager Dean Smith to axe midfield mainstay Marvelous Nakamba from his starting XI versus Newcastle United with Jack Grealish back in training.
Speaking to Football Insider, Bent said:
Marvelous, I think. I like Douglas Luiz, I think he’s a good player, great technique on the ball and he’s been playing really well.
For me, it would be Douglas Luiz and Jack Grealish in the middle of the park because I think they’re better suited to each other – and of course John McGinn.
Bent believes that a midfield trio of Douglas Luiz, John McGinn and Grealish will be perfect to face the Toon Army.
Nakamba has been ever-present in the Villa midfield since he made his Premier League debut. He has never been out of the side ever since.