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Player Zone: Mbwana Samatta ready keep Aston Villa in the Premier League

Player Zone: Mbwana Samatta ready keep Aston Villa in the Premier League - Aston Villa News

Gaining promotion from the Championship to the Premier League last season handed Dean Smith the perfect chance to bolster his attacking options.

Losing Tammy Abraham due to his loan expiration, Smith knew that he would have to find a consistent striker to replace the English youngster, and that looked likely to be Brazilian Wesley.

The former Club Brugge goalscorer arrived in a £22m move to Villa Park and was instantly Smith’s first choice striker.

Gradually adapting to English football, the 23-year-old has five goals in 21 games this term, but his injury in January against Burnley saw Smith handed a massive headache.

Looking at potential options to come in and replace Wesley during the January transfer window, Smith opted to sign Mbwana Samatta in a deal from Belgian side Genk, where he spent five years.

Scoring on his first Premier League start against Bournemouth, the Tanzanian striker’s early impressions were heightened during February as he netted in the League Cup final against Manchester City.

A quick adaptation to the English game began but it was somewhat halted when football ground to a halt due to the pandemic.

With players gradually returning to training over recent weeks, clubs in the Premier League have now been told that fixtures will resume from June 17, and Villa will kick things off, facing Sheffield United in a game in hand they have over their relegation rivals.

Sitting 19th, boss Smith will need to have his top players on top form almost instantly, and Samatta will be leaned on to supply a sufficient amount of goals.

Reports of a hat-trick against West Bromwich Albion at the weekend in a set of friendly matches appears to have the striker in good shape, and that will hand Villa fans optimism ahead of the restart.

Villa are a top flight team and it is hard to argue with that point, given their illustrious history, and with Samatta they have a player who could go on to become a 20-goal striker, indeed he scored more than that last season for Genk in all competitions (Transfermarkt).

His goal against Man City in the League Cup final will go down in the history books, but should he score a handful of goals between now and the end of the season which keep Villa in the top flight – Samatta will gain a whole different status amongst Villans’ faithful.

Having him in form could be the difference between survival and relegation.

Do you think Samatta can net five goals between now and the end of the season? Let us know in the comments section below…

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