“Why Nakamba Move Failed.”

Sport Zimbabwe

Mugove Chigada

MARVELOUS Nakamba’s proposed loan move from Aston Villa was always going to be difficult, if the situation on the ground towards deadline was anything to go by.

Crystal Palace and Newcastle were favourites to sign the Zimbabwe international, with Palace believed to have been in a better position to accommodate the ‘out of favour’ midfielder.

However, there were at least three factors at play towards the deadline, with the Nakamba issue virtually not part of the top transfer news and speculation at the said interested clubs.

The first big factor was that Aston Villa manager Dean Smith had already indicated Nakamba is one of their best back-up plans for the defensive midfield role.

Dean has supported that position by giving the Zimbabwean a chance in the absence of either Douglas Luiz or John Mc Ginn.

In the 2-0 win over Newcastle, Nakamba was in the thick of things and completed 64 out of 65 passes, a signal that he is far from being ordinary.

The former Club Brugge player’s wish for more game time, therefore, needed a strong bid for Dean to consider releasing him on deadline.

The other factor that did not make the situation any better was that Crystal Palace had already indicated that, just like other clubs around the world, the financial situation was depressing.

“The COVID virus crisis has caused an enormous amount of damage to football clubs,” Palace manager Roy Hodgson was quoted by Football.London as saying.

“I’m not at all surprised that there’s not quite the same amount of money to go splashing out and improve your squad and bring in new players, and I think everyone understands.”

The BBC supported that point saying the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on the club’s finances was a reason for a quiet transfer window.

Deloitte estimates “the top 20 highest-earning football clubs in the world alone will have lost two billion euros (US$2.5 billion)) as a result of Covid-19.”

Nakamba’s chance in that scenario was Newcastle.

However, the Magpies chase for Joe Willock and Hamza Choudhry, the Chronicle live UK concluded, showed a club eager for a box-to-box player.

“United simply do not have legs in the side – someone who can get up and down the field and dictate play in the middle of the park,” the Chronicle live UK wrote.

“This has been abundantly clear this season as many opposition teams have been allowed too much time and space by the midfielders.”

With Nakamba’s critics mostly pointing to the fact that he is not very adventurous since his arrival at Aston Villa, the midfielder’s fate was sealed.