Zimbabwe international midfielder Marvelous Nakamba probably hasn’t had the game time he’d have hoped for since he made the switch to Aston Villa from Club Brugge in the summer of 2019.
— Marvelous Nakamba (@Nakamba_11) November 27, 2021
Having arrived from the Belgian club for £11million after reportedly going on strike to ensure the move went through, it’s not unfair to say Nakamba’s strengths and weaknesses were almost immediately apparent, and whilst former head coach Dean Smith didn’t rely on him in the way he did Douglas Luiz, new head coach Steven Gerrard may have different thoughts about that.
As our new gaffer continues to adjust to life at Villa, 27-year-old Nakamba looks set to quickly build on his 44 starts (18 substitute appearances) at the club, and he’s definitely proving his worth as a tenacious defensive midfielder, which is better allowing John McGinn and Jacob Ramsey licence to get forward.
With his improved performances this year, and the last two in particular under Gerrard, he’s winning more fans over and for many, he’s now one of the first on the team sheet.
Watching marvelous nakamba turn in to prime Michael Essien today is a feast for the eyes #AVFC
— Racingfan21 (@Racingfan211) November 27, 2021
Nakamba has been the best player on the pitch. #avfc
— 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝗩𝗙𝗖 𝗙𝗮𝗶𝘁𝗵𝗳𝘂𝗹 🦁 (@AVFCFaithful_) November 27, 2021
What’s Stevie done to Nakamba. Looks a different player #avfc
— Ben Barton (@BenBarton90) November 27, 2021
Nakamba – prime Makélélé…. #AVFC
— Dustfuch (@Dustfuch1) November 27, 2021
— AvPenguiN (@AvPenguin19) November 27, 2021
Nakamba looking to Gatecrash the Ballon d’or?
— Charli C (@iamcharlic) November 27, 2021
— Ross Hardy (@rosshardyyork) November 27, 2021
Nakamba is flying for #AVFC today.
Chopping into tackles, breaking up play and already he's won possession five times! Could be a star in this new-look Villa team…
— Gregg Evans (@greggevans40) November 27, 2021
Been the best player on the pitch in my eyes, dougie is really gonna struggle to get back into this side with the form Marv is in…
— AVFC_MIDGE (@AVFCMidge) November 27, 2021
Nakamba should start every game. Him and McGinn are the perfect partnership
— Lena (@Astonxii) November 27, 2021
Like what u did there 👏🏽👏🏽
— B Nana (@B_Nanaofficial) November 27, 2021
Nakamba has dropped one of the greatest performances of all time #avfc
— Ryan (@RyanFarleyyy) November 27, 2021