Aston Villa and Warriors midfielder Marvelous Nakamba has been hailed for his brilliant defensive display after coming on for Chelsea loanee Danny Drinkwater around the 60th minute of the 2-3 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
Writing for Birmingham Live, the club’s correspondent Ashley Preece contrasted Drinkwater’s performance with that of the Zimbabwe international. He wrote:
Drinkwater made just one tackle and a single interception during his 59 minutes against Tottenham. Team-mate Marvelous Nakamba put in two tackles, made three interceptions and blocked a goal-bound shot in his 30 minutes after replacing Drinkwater.
The Mancunian, meanwhile, has been dribbled past 16 times in his four appearances, making just five tackles in that time.
… as for Nakamba, the Zimbabwean is by far Villa’s midfield king for tackles (50) and interceptions (30) from 19 games meaning, to some, it could have been seen as a little brash to go without ‘Naka’ for Tottenham.
Villa were unlucky to lose to Spurs after creating several clear-cut chances, with Bjorn Engels allowing the ball to roll under his foot, giving Son Heung Min a clear run on goal to make it 3-2 for the Londoners deep into stoppage time.