It was absolutely imperative that Aston Villa brought in a striker during the January transfer window following Wesley’s season-ending injury and Jonathan Kodjia’s departure.
They, of course, did do that and got Mbwana Samatta from Belgian giants Genk, following that up with the acquisition of Borja Baston.
The latter of these has not yet made his impact, but the Tanzanian has already got himself into the good books of Villa fans.
The goal against AFC Bournemouth was massive for him after netting on his Premier League debut, something he mentioned during an interview with the club. He also took time to reference the trust it led to his teammates having in him.
This has also helped his cause with the supporters. In response to his words, one stated: “you’ve fitted in perfectly”, while another referred to him as a “leader”.
He has made an impact for the team outside of his goal during the two Premier League games he has played, making four key passes and two dribbles, while maintaining a pass completion rate of 81.1%.
— ™️87 (@bjornvillan) February 21, 2020
He’s quality tbf
— Villa Sheds (@ShedsVilla) February 21, 2020
Keep up the great work Ali, you’ve fitted in perfectly.
— Jules (@Julie39851419) February 21, 2020
Perhaps the greatest compliment the 27-year-old will receive is the confidence that Villa fans have in him to make a positive contribution moving forward.
One fan predicted he “will score tomorrow”, while another even suggested “he’s going to be the difference between 17th and 18th” and that he will “frighten” Manchester City’s defence at Wembley.
If he fulfils this prophecy, then the striker will become even more popular at Villa Park.
Looks a proper player
Will score tomorrow
— Captain Jack. (@CJ7891234) February 21, 2020
Love this guy already. Work ethic, intelligence, attitude all look spot on. Give him chances he will score
Fancy him to get one tomorrow
SAMA SAMAGOAL SAMAGOAL, SAMA SAMAGOAL
— Chep (@ApachePepper) February 21, 2020
Love the work rate of this kid. Not afraid to put himself about, and not afraid to have a shot. He’s going to be the difference between 17th and 18th this year. Fully expect him to frighten City’s defence at Wembley too
— Kevin O’Sullivan (@ClaretKev1980) February 21, 2020