Mbwana Samatta arrived in January as a fairly unknown talent to English audiences, but he’s made a lively start to his Aston Villa career and it looks like may turn out to be a bargain addition.
The Midlands club signed the centre-forward for £8.5million (BBC) in the January transfer window from Belgian outfit Genk and he’s arrived to try keep them in the Premier League.
Villa manager Dean Smith must be delighted with the 27-year-old’s impact so far and it looks like he’s pulled off a masterstroke.
The striker has two goals in five appearances so far across all competitions, including in the Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City at the weekend.
He has shown he’s more than capable of leading the line effectively and his attention now has to be on the relegation scrap, as the club are going to need his goals to stay in the top-flight.
They sit 19th in the table two points from safety and have 11 games remaining to pick up the points they need to end up being back in the Championship.
Samatta will more than repay his minimal transfer fee if he can fire Villa way from the bottom three and the signs are very positive with him.
He’s already shown that he’s a major threat in the air and has the strength to deal with defenders, but at the same time he’s quick too and is prepared to do that hard work.
There is no doubt he’s a clinical finisher with 76 goals in 191 games for his former side Genk and he will become a Villa favourite if he can finish this season strongly for them by chipping in with a few more goals.