Some Aston Villa fans have given their backing to a sale of Marvelous Nakamba but only if Dean Smith signs a replacement.
Nakamba has been linked with a move to Newcastle United with reports via BirminghamLive’s colleagues in the north-east carrying reports that the St James’ Park side want to sign the player for around £15 million.
The Zimbabwe international has proven himself to be a more-than-capable squad player but has not started a Premier League game since the opening match of the season at Watford despite being fully fit.
Nakamba, 27, played the final two games of last season as Villa ended the 2020-21 campaign with solid defeats of Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea.
However, Dean Smith has moved to a formation with two central midfielders and Emiliano Buendia at the tip of the attack behind Danny Ings and Ollie Watkins.
This has resulted in Nakamba struggling for regular game-time as he finds himself behind emerging prospects Jacob Ramsey and Carney Chukwuemeka in the Villa pecking order.
Fans have been discussing what Villa should do with Nakamba, a £10 million 2019 signing from Club Brugge, who is under contract at the club until 2024.
One supporter said on social media: “I liked him initially but found in recent games he invites attacks so I would not mind him going and us bringing in Weston McKennie.”
“We are light enough in midfield as it is,” another added.
“However, if we have an incoming central defensive midfielder then that is another scenario.”
A third supporter said: “I don’t want Marv to go, however surely if he does we will bring in a central defensive midfielder. I would not mind selling him to buy a European-proven midfielder.”
“Take the money and then upgrade in the summer,” said another while a fifth fan added: “We need an upgrade for defensive midfield position so £15m would be decent to put towards signing a better player in January.”