Another day and another departure from Aston Villa – following all the speculation about Mbwana Samatta making the switch to Turkish side Fenerbahce, earlier this morning the club confirmed that he had departed.
27-year-old Samatta came in from Genk during the January transfer window for a reported £10million fee and the Tanzanian international certainly started brightly. Having made his debut in the EFL Cup victory over Leicester, he netted his first goal against Bournemouth in his Premier League bow. He added a second against Manchester City at Wembley.
I wish to thank Aston Villa for giving me the opportunity to fulfill my dream of playing in the Premier League.A special thanks to all Villans for the amazing support you gave me during my time at the club.I wish you all the best of luck for the rest of the season@AVFCOfficial pic.twitter.com/nngbU6fDNv
— mbwana samatta (@Samagoal_77) September 25, 2020
Then lockdown hit and football was paused and unfortunately, we just didn’t see the same player again afterwards – 16 appearances and two goals.
A good number of fans were willing to see what he might do, but not as first choice this year, but he leaves with our best wishes and it was just a move that didn’t work out. He departs as the first Tanzanian player to both play and score in the top flight.
Ally joins them initially on loan for the campaign, but agreement has already been reached for a four year deal to kick in at the end of the campaign and the Express & Star report that we will receive £5.5million with add ons for him.
Classy goodbye message given how briefly he was here as well.