Aston Villa play Crewe Alexandra in the Carabao Cup tonight, with many seeing this as an opportunity to play some of the club’s recruits who haven’t got onto the pitch yet.
With so many players being signed during the summer, it was pretty much inevitable that some of them wouldn’t have been able to get any minutes three matches into the Premier League season.
So when Aston Villa tweeted this, perhaps they had a slight expectation of what the response would be:
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) August 26, 2019
Though while there were calls for some of the other recruits and fringe players, many Villa fans were most interested in seeing Marvelous Nakamba get onto the pitch for the club.
The Zimbabwe international signed from Club Brugge for an undisclosed fee, as reported by BBC Sport, but is yet to feature in Dean Smith’s side, with Conor Hourihane and Douglas Luiz having shared the holding midfield role so far.
A selection of Twitter reaction to the question, including posts from single-minded Aston Villa fans, can be seen below:
Start him. pic.twitter.com/mIdAki74OZ
— Forza Aston Villa (@AstonForza) August 26, 2019
Announce Marvelous in midfield
— kyle (@avfckylee) August 26, 2019
— AVFC (@Mxginn) August 26, 2019
— (@joshhavfc) August 26, 2019
Nakamba to start
— James (@jay_billingham) August 26, 2019
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Can’t wait to see Nakamba, Targett and Konsa put their cases forward for the strongest XI. Hope Jed gets a really good reception and Kodjia bags a trick.
— The Wallet Guy (@MoMoAVFC) August 26, 2019