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Mbwana Samatta: Profile of new Aston Villa striker from Tanzania

Aston Villa are in serious danger of relegation just a season after returning to the Premier League. With an ACL injury to summer signing Wesley Moraes ruling him out for the rest of the season and John Mcginn injured for at least a couple months, it looks bleak in front of goal for the Villans. Jack Grealish, as good as he is, can’t do it alone. So they’ve looked towards Mbwana Samatta to help them survive the drop.

Sky Sports reported earlier this week that the West Midlands side were closing in on a deal for the striker. It’s now official for a fee of around £10 million. The Genk forward had been subject of interest from multiple clubs in the last two windows. Fellow Premier League clubs Brighton and Watford were interested in him in the summer. Villa have managed to get Samatta for a reasonable fee.

So who is the Tanzanian striker and can he provide Villa with the firepower to survive relegation? We’ll give you the run down:

Samatta had an excellent 2018/19 season for the Belgian side. An impressive 32 goals in just 51 appearances was why the likes of Watford, Galatasary and Brighton were keeping their eye on him. 3 of these goals were in the Champions League, alongside 5 assists in the Belgian Pro League. 2019/20 has started off slower for the former Mazembe striker with 7 in 20 games domestically. It’s still a decent tally thus far.

Mbwana Samatta – Style of Play

At 5ft 11, the Tanzania international is brilliant in the air. Although not the tallest on the pitch, he rises to the ball like a salmon multiple times in the video. From set pieces especially, the power he generates on the headers as well as direction make them impossible to save. Great technique combined with a spring in his step.

Samatta strikes me as an intelligent player from the video too. The way he chose to head down the ball to assist the teammate in one of the clips knowing that he wouldn’t be able to generate enough power to beat the keeper from the cross suggests that. On top of that, his vision is good for a striker. Some of the passes he slips in to his teammates make him almost like a playmaker in some instances. It’s that intelligence that can sometimes win a game over raw pace and strength.

But most importantly of all, the 27 year old looks like a great finisher. The composure with which he takes some of the shots in the video means they’re placed perfectly to beat the keeper. Alongside that he has a striker’s instinct with some of the first time shots he takes that find the back of the net. How he caught that first time volley on the swivel, world class. Samatta’s movement also ties in to why I think he’s intelligent player that reads the game well. The positioning for some of the headers and goals in the box, it’s exactly what you want from a striker.

Is he what Villa need?

Mbwana Samatta in action for Genk

Perhaps the pace of the Premier League compared to Belgium might take him by surprise at first. However Mbwana Samatta could thrive for Aston Villa. He’s 27 and approaching his prime, finally set to get the big move of his career. They’re crying out for a striker and for £10.5 million, it could prove to be shrewd signing. Especially if he can keep them up.

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3 comments on “Mbwana Samatta: Profile of new Aston Villa striker from Tanzania

  1. We’re so desperate for a striker that we have to sign him if we can, personally I would have Preferred a proven Striker with PL experience, but he’s got a decent track record and whatever your opinion if he signs we have to get behind him and give him every encouragement, let’s be honest he has to be better than Wesley who I have never rated.
    Hard to believe we are still considering Gayle from Newcastle apart from anything else he’s just done a hamstring. I would still like to see a second striker signed before the end of the window. Just a pity that we are going to start again this week end with no striker when we really need the points,

    • Karan Khera

      Agreed mate, desperate times call for desperate measures. From what I watched, Wesley missed a lot of easy chances. Samatta can’t do any worse and I genuinely think he could do well for you. Grealish needs help and when Mcginn comes back, I reckon you’ll just survive the drop.

  2. Steve Lloyd

    I think we may have unearthed a diamond
    We’ve been crying out for a fast paced striker with ability to run with the ball
    He will run in to space and find that through ball from Jack. He seems to have excellent heading ability so any quality crosses in to the box he could exploit
    He will be wearing that Villa shirt so that hopefully will raise his game

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