Aston Villa coach, Dean Smith has said that he withdrew Zimbabwean midfielder, Marvelous Nakamba in the 55th minute when they played Norwich City on the Boxing Day as he was losing possession.
The Blue and Claret eventually won the match 1-0 thanks to Conor Hourihane who replaced Nakamba.
Smith told the press after the game that he was aware that Hourihane was capable of keeping possession. He said:
I felt that Naka [Nakamba] gave the ball away a few too many times, and I knew Conor could protect the ball.
He’s a very good technician. Conor showed a lot of know-how on the ball, and he does what he does best, which is score goals.
Nakamba’s first days at Villa Park made many soccer pundits, including Smith himself to say that he was probably one of the best signings the club had this summer.
He has however been struggling to replicate his impressive form since the FIFA international break prompting Smith to field in the Brazilian international, Douglas Luiz in his stead.
Meanwhile, the Villans have this Saturday lost 3-0 to and Nakamba watched the entire match from the bench.