Why Nakamba hasn’t featured for Villa in two games?
Marvelous Nakamba was a well-known absentee in the Aston Villa team. In which they drew 2-2 in the league against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Nakamba was missing again for Sunday’s game in Manchester. Many people thought he will return to the Sunday game but he sat out for the match. However, his truancy has nothing to do with his form because he was getting high-performance ratings whenever he featured in the team.
As evidenced in Villa’s last two games, coach Dean Smith has shifted to an all-attacking midfield. Douglas Luiz who played wide in the past games took the central role. While Conor Hourihane indirectly replaced the defensively-minded Nakamba by playing on the wing.
The tactical change has paid off with Hourihane doing the damage after bagging a goal and an assist in the game against Newcastle. But this doesn’t mean the Warriors midfielder has fallen out of favor at the EPL side.
It is similar to Willard Katsande’s situation when Ernst Middendorp took over at Kaizer Chiefs in December 2018.
There was a change in tactics and the former Warriors captain took some time to adapt. When he returned to the fold towards the end of last season, Katsande put some great performances which earned him praises from the coach.
The Zimbabwean midfielder had become a regular at the Birmingham-based outfit ever since he made his Premier League debut against West Ham in mid-September.
Written by tatenda