Following Aston Villa’s capture of Wesley Moraes, we were linked with a return to Club Brugge for midfielder Marvelous Nakamba but almost as soon as the speculation surfaced, it seemed to disappear again.
With the 25-year-old Zimbabwe midfielder finishing his international action this summer, over the weekend the speculation exploded back to life with claims that he had refused to return to his parent club for pre-season training as he was intent on pushing through the transfer to B6.
For me this instantly cast doubt on our interest in the player as going on strike, if true, is certainly not the ‘all about me’ attitude we want given the spirit that was fostered last season and I clearly wasn’t alone.
What happens if he ever wants to leave Villa?
— Mattston Villa (@MattcayleyM) July 15, 2019
— Ross (@Rosco82_) July 15, 2019
He was awful in the one AFCON game he played vs Egypt. A total non factor. Midfield enforcer? Not on that performance. His big chance to shine and he gave zero effort and hustle.
— Steve Stevil (@slunt702) July 15, 2019
LOL… taking his ball and going home!
— Ches 1321 (@uncleches) July 15, 2019
For anyone who says he was a bad temperament you should know he wasn't played much last year and was promised a move
— Ain'tNobodyLikeElGhazi???? (@AintNobodyLike4) July 15, 2019
You know Benteke did it before signing for Villa though right?
— Shaun Sandell (@pl6pilgrim) July 15, 2019
If this is true, do we want someone as unprofessional as that?
— Kevin Cooper (@coops987) July 15, 2019
Hmmm I’m all for players wanting to come but is this behaviour an early indication of what he is going to be like, i.e. doesn’t get his way and it’s public airing of laundry of the club ????
— Gav1827 (@GV18271) July 15, 2019
It did cause some discussion on the Vital Villa Forum though as plenty were unconcerned by the reports, simply seeing it as modern football and rather than worrying about his future antics at Villa, we just had to accept we were still a stepping stone, just like Club Brugge.
Whilst I more than get the counterpoint, there are ways of pushing through a deal in a more respectful manner and it still leaves a bad taste for me.