Marvelous Nakamba has been singled out for praise after a solid display in Aston Villa’s 1-0 win over Arsenal on Saturday.
The Zimbabwean played the entire game as he replaced Douglas Luiz in the middle of the park.
It was only his second second start of the 2020/21 season.
Villa manager Dean Smith said he “just felt we needed some fresh legs in the midfield area”.
Luiz had played every minute of the last five games while John McGinn had missed just one having sat out of the Newcastle game suspended.
Smith believes the Warriors anchorman “brought something different in the midfield”.
“I felt it was best to rest Douglas for this game and ‘Naka’ has came in and gave us some really good energy. He’s more of a defensive midfielder than Douglas and gives us something as little bit different,” said Smith.
Nakamba provided a solid protection for the team’s backline, earning himself a performance rating of 7.5/10.
The Warriors international completed twenty passes with a success rate of 65%. He also won 7/10 duels and made six recoveries.
The former Club Brugge midfielder had the most successful tackles in the game which proved his defensive prowess in the midfield.
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By FARPost Reporter