Aston Villa striker Mbwana Samatta is reportedly on the verge of leaving the club to join Fenerbahce on loan.
Reports in Turkey (A Spor, Fotomac) claim the Tanzania international is set to complete a loan move to the Istanbul giants, who had a disappointing 2019/20, finishing seventh outside the European places.
The development comes despite the suggestion from Dean Smith that Samatta was not selected for the matchday squad against Sheffield United due to a lack of quality in training.
Asked by reporters about the futures of Samatta and Frederic Guilbert, who was also omitted against the Blades, Smith said (Birmingham Mail): “That was just selection. Players who I believe have done well [in training] get in the team.”
Samatta joined Villa back in January, but has hardly pulled up any trees.
The 27-year-old has made 16 appearances for the club and scored just two goals.
Ultimately the £40,000-a-week star’s (Spotrac) poor form didn’t matter as Villa staved off relegation in 2019/20, but much more was expected from Samatta, whose job it was to score goals in place of the injured Wesley.
TBR’s View – Villa should sell up
It is being claimed Samatta is set to complete a loan move, but Villa really ought to be trying to offload him permanently.
Eyebrows were raised when he was signed from Genk, and his performances and poor goal return suggest it was something of a panic buy at the time.
Villa should try and recoup what they paid, and then use the money to try and land other targets such as Milot Rashica or Ismaila Sarr.