Dean Smith has hailed Aston Villa’s summer recruit Marvelous Nakamba and feels he is close to pushing the same levels as brilliant teammate John McGinn.
McGinn, 24, has been the outstanding individual at the Midlands club following the return to the top-flight and he’s already weighed in with three league goals.
The Scotland international is setting the bar for the rest of his teammates and continues to go from strength to strength.
Nakamba moved to Villa in the summer from Club Brugge and he’s now managed to break into the starting XI.
The defensive midfielder has played every minute of the last three consecutive league matches, including the 2-2 draw with Burnley at the weekend.
Smith feels he was excellent last Saturday at home to Burnley and delivered an exciting verdict.
“There are people who are starting to catch him (McGinn) up as well. I thought Nakamba was very good [against Burnley], only his third start. First-half he was pushing John McGinn,” Smith said, as quoted by the club’s official Youtube account.
Nakamba looks like he could be a mainstay in the team moving forward and is forming a decent midfield trio, with McGinn and captain Jack Grealish playing just in front of him.
Smith has managed to fit a solid combination in the centre of the park and defensively there can’t be too many complaints.
They do need to try be more efficient in attack though and there are issues in the centre-forward position right now.
Nakamba certainly appears to be one of the picks from the club’s new summer additions and has a great athleticism that suits English football.
The 25-year-old will only get better as he adjusts to his surroundings and he could have a busy job putting out fires against a dangerous attacking Norwich side on Saturday.