- "Nakamba was like an octopus, legs just kept appearing from everywhere as he won back possession, much to the annoyance of Bielsa’s men. Top work."
WARRIORS star Marvelous Nakamba was once on top of his game as Aston Villa edged Leeds United at Elland Road on Saturday.
Aston Villa have not conceded a Premier League goal this season while Marvelous Nakamba has been on the pitch. He has so far played 375 minutes of Premier League.
The 27-year old returned to the Claret and Blue starting eleven and produced a midfield masterclass to help his side to a crucial victory.
He made an incredible six interceptions, won five duels, was fouled two times, commited no fouls himself, an impressive display for someone covering a backline, fully deserved of man of the match.
Anwar El Ghazi’s 7th goal of the season was the difference between the two sides.
For the sixth consecutive game in which Nakamba has started, Aston Villa did not a conceed a goal.
In giving him an 8 out of 10 match rating, club writer Ashley Preece described the soft- spoken Zimbabwean midfielder as “an octopus”.
Following last night’s 1-0 victory at Elland Road, Aston Villa supporters hailed the Zimbabwean international for a job well done.
One supporter, Andrew Ashburn said: “I really hope Marvelous Nakamba finally gets the respect he deserves for really solidifying our midfield. He keeps things efficiently simple, and provided a great anchor to shield the defence – outstanding today!”
Meanwhile, a United Kingdom website, Birmingham Live rated Marvelous Nakamba among Villa’s best players last night.
“One of (Dean) Smith’s changes as the Zimbabwean came in for Douglas. The African plugged gaps incredibly well throughout as Leeds struggled to get past him on the counter.
“Nakamba was like an octopus, legs just kept appearing from everywhere as he won back possession, much to the annoyance of Bielsa’s men. Top work.”
Nakamba’s impressive performance comes when Zimbabwe is expected to lock horns with neighboring Botswana and Zambia in Africa Cup of Nations qualifier matches next month. 🔺