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Author Topic: Marvelous Nakamba - confirmed  (Read 36766 times)

Offline Vill I An

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Re: Marvelous Nakamba - confirmed
« Reply #375 on: October 18, 2019, 06:04:28 PM »
From football 365

Wilfred Ndidi had to wait for Idrissa Gueye to leave Everton to be crowned the Premier League’s ultimate tackle machine in the mould of the peerless N’Golo Kante. But there is now a new all-action kid in town, with Nakamba already ranking third on the midfield tackle list (per 90) behind the Nigerian and Southampton’s Oriol Romeu. Tackling is not just his job but his mission, with Nakamba showing little desire to move from his station just ahead of Mings and Engels; he is a comfort blanket that the Villa attackers are more than happy to keep on the bed at home.

The Zimbabwean has not staunched the flow of goals against Villa – they have conceded six in four games both with and without him in the side – but he has allowed their more creative players more freedom.

“He was everywhere. You see him winning second balls and feeding us lads up the pitch,” said John McGinn after his Premier League debut. The Scot – along with Conor Hourihane and Jack Grealish – is more than happy to be the beneficiary of Nakamba’s selflessness. After making eight tackles in the opening-day defeat at Tottenham, McGinn has made just nine in four games since Nakamba took up residence at the base of their midfield. And he has taken twice as many shots, with Villa scoring double the number of goals with Nakamba in the side than without.

One glance at average position diagrams tells you that Villa’s probable survival will not be achieved by organisation and a pragmatic commitment to ‘two banks of four’ – perhaps impossible with such a large influx of players – but by the now front five scoring more goals than Nakamba, Engels and Mings can stop at the other end. So far they are just about winning the battle, and all the statistics suggest their form is probably just about sustainable.

Offline paul_e

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Re: Marvelous Nakamba - confirmed
« Reply #376 on: November 19, 2019, 11:53:29 PM »
Played most of the game in a 2-1 win for Zimbabwe today (got subbed in the 94th minute). That, however is only a backdrop to revealing the best name ever - https://twitter.com/online_zifa/status/1196810659356463104 - check the number 16.

Offline Mister E

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Re: Marvelous Nakamba - confirmed
« Reply #377 on: November 20, 2019, 07:47:28 AM »
Played most of the game in a 2-1 win for Zimbabwe today (got subbed in the 94th minute). That, however is only a backdrop to revealing the best name ever - https://twitter.com/online_zifa/status/1196810659356463104 - check the number 16.
I bet he's seen a slice of life. Hope he don't get burned!

Offline Drummond

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Re: Marvelous Nakamba - confirmed
« Reply #378 on: November 21, 2019, 11:44:21 AM »
Played most of the game in a 2-1 win for Zimbabwe today (got subbed in the 94th minute). That, however is only a backdrop to revealing the best name ever - https://twitter.com/online_zifa/status/1196810659356463104 - check the number 16.
I bet he's seen a slice of life. Hope he don't get burned!

Well done.

Offline paul_e

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Re: Marvelous Nakamba - confirmed
« Reply #379 on: November 21, 2019, 01:46:17 PM »
It's a good effort but I'd hoped for a few more.

Offline Woofles The Wonder Dog

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Re: Marvelous Nakamba - confirmed
« Reply #380 on: November 21, 2019, 05:49:04 PM »
Played most of the game in a 2-1 win for Zimbabwe today (got subbed in the 94th minute). That, however is only a backdrop to revealing the best name ever - https://twitter.com/online_zifa/status/1196810659356463104 - check the number 16.

That's a genuine laugh out loud moment, and after a particularly iffy day that's really welcome. Thank you.

Offline purpletrousers

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Re: Marvelous Nakamba - confirmed
« Reply #381 on: November 21, 2019, 07:35:41 PM »
It's a good effort but I'd hoped for a few more.

have an extra slice on me



btw our new hero Toaster is a goalie if that helps.
(Denies rumours he has a proclivity to slip his Zambian 4WD into reverse)