Still No Room For Marvelous Nakamba At Villa Park Under Coach Unai
Nakamba’s Impact at Luton Town
In January, Marvelous Nakamba, 29, made a move to Kenilworth Road following Unai Emery’s arrival, and his presence proved instrumental in helping Luton Town secure promotion to the Premier League through the playoffs. During his loan spell, Nakamba started 19 consecutive games and ended on a high note, converting a penalty against Coventry City at Wembley.
Defensive Prowess on Display
Nakamba’s performance in the Championship this season has been remarkable, as indicated by Opta-powered stats on FBREF. Among Championship midfielders, he ranks highly in defensive statistics. His tackles per game put him in the 98th percentile, averaging an impressive 4.05 per 90 minutes. Nakamba is also in the top 10% for dribblers tackled (1.71 per 90) and combined tackles and interceptions per game (5.06 per 90).
Question Marks Surrounding Nakamba’s Offensive Abilities
Despite Nakamba’s outstanding defensive contributions for Luton Town, there are concerns about his offensive capabilities and whether he can meet Emery’s requirements. Over the past year, the Zimbabwean international has averaged only 47.75 touches per 90 minutes and a mere 36.24 passes per game. Additionally, his pass completion rate of 80.8% falls significantly short of Leander Dendoncker (87.2%), Douglas Luiz (82.5%), and Boubacar Kamara (84.8%).
The Achilles’ Heel: Lack of Ambition and Accuracy
Nakamba’s kryptonite lies in his lack of ambition and accuracy when in possession of the ball. While his defensive abilities make him a potential asset under Emery, his shortcomings in terms of ambition and precision hinder his overall performance.
Uncertain Future at Aston Villa
With the summer transfer window approaching and Emery expected to receive a substantial budget of over £200 million, Aston Villa is likely to make several new signings. Unfortunately, Nakamba might fall short of securing a permanent spot in the first team at Villa Park due to his limitations.