THE Aston Villa inquest into why the club struggled during the just-ended English Premier League (EPL) season has already claimed one big scalp leaving Zimbabwe international Marvelous Nakamba, pictured, and a host of other stars on the brink.
For Nakamba, it was a debut campaign in the English top flight full of mixed emotions after initially showing great signs following his £12 million switch from Belgian side Club Brugge last summer.
Nakamba was reduced to a squad player and only started one of the eight matches after the break.
In an ominous assessment of the Zimbabwean’s debut season with Villa; the influential BirminghamMail reserved their judgment.
“The Zimbabwean was Suso’s cheaper alternative to the man Smith wanted, Kalvin Phillips from Leeds. Nakamba endured an up-and-down first year at Villa Park,” the Birmingham Mail wrote yesterday.
“Lost his place and didn’t feature much at all during the restart. Currently a back-up player chucked on at the end to help see a game out.”
“I think everyone is aware we need quality added. We obviously spent a lot of money last summer and we may need to go and do it again,” McGinn said.