Aston Villa fans on Twitter lauded the performance of Marvelous Nakamba despite his side suffering a 2-1 defeat to Liverpool on Saturday.
Nakamba started the match in the middle of the park alongside fellow summer signing Douglas Luiz and the ever-popular John McGinn.
Villa took the lead through Trezeguet in the first half, but Liverpool’s relentless pressure after the break paid off as they netted two late goals to secure all three points.
On the face of it, Dean Smith’s side deserved a point and someone like Nakamba summed up the work rate, desire and passion shown by the Villa players.
Whilst it was difficult trying to get hold of the ball against the European champions, Nakamba kept plugging away, trying to win possession, as in the end, his team suffered a heartbreaking defeat.
These are all positive signs for Villa, who will be well and truly chuffed that their summer signings are showing so much promise.
Nakamba is now proving that he should be a regular in the middle of the park, alongside McGinn, but the questions remains whether or not Luiz or Conor Hourihane is in that midfield with them.
Given that Villa’s weakest point is the defensive side of their game, perhaps playing that extra defensive-mind in the middle of the park will help them be that more solid.
Here is a selection of Villa fans reacting to Nakamba’s performance:
Thought everyone played exceptionally well. Really encouraged by today's performance!
— Villa Paul (@villapaul82) November 2, 2019
Absolutely brilliant today 👍
— David Elrington (@delrington) November 2, 2019
Not the result we were expecting, but our wonder boy never ceases to amaze
— Briam Mtanana 🇿🇼🇹🇷 (@UncleBee24) November 2, 2019
What a player we've got on our hands. Only 10 games in and his becoming one of our best players. Who'd have thought we could have another Idrissa Gueye.he's turning out to be even better should give him a better contract so no other club gets him on the cheap. No get him at all
— Aston Villa The 12th Man (@AvfcEnd) November 2, 2019
Superb again. Gave everything
— Mark Delaney (@MarkSparkyD) November 2, 2019
Him and trez were brilliant
— villa_views (@villanews11) November 2, 2019
Brilliant today, sometimes performances are not matched by results, today was exactly that. Brilliant performances from the back four, Nakamba. Great effort from Wesley with no help from Ref and our two wingers tracked back. Liverpool are a strong side no disgrace to lose.
— Nigel B6🦁⭐️ (@B6Nigel) November 2, 2019
What Zimbabweans want to hear😊😀💜💙😉music to our ears👏👏👏🙌UTV
— Aston Villa Fans ZW (@AstonVillFansZW) November 3, 2019