The great irony with Chris Samba is that his attacking contributions arguably had a bigger impact than his defensive efforts during his time in the Premier League. Sure, the 6 foot 4 centre-back always carries that beastly presence and he was a solid defender on his day, but he was far more memorable for last-minute goals, netting 16 Premier League strikes for Blackburn, when Sam Allardyce threw him upfield as an emergency striker.
There’s nothing wrong with that, but it does distort views of Samba’s previous spells in the Premier League and forces the question of what Villa could actually be signing; a decent defender or a poor one who glossed over his weaknesses with important goals. A rather torrid spell at QPR, coupled with how his career has panned out since, suggests the latter.
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