The outlook had been ominous for Mbwana ‘Ally’ Samatta with the Tanzanian striker, conspicuous by his absence from Villa’s early season squads.
At 27, Samatta was a desperate roll of the dice and cheque-book in January 2020 as Villa rocked against the back-drop of Wesley’s New Years Day horror injury.
Perhaps symptomatic of a number of hasty acquisitions made under then Sporting Director Jesus Garcia Pitarch, Samatta rapidly looked ill-equipped for the Premier League, let alone the survival scrap that the club found itself within.
There were glimpses of promise and it wasn’t all Samatta’s fault. The former Genk striker scored on his debut, but that game in particular, saw Bournemouth complete the double for the season over Villa.
Samatta’s only other Villa goal would come in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley against Manchester City (2-1). This great diving header would be his final strike for Villa.
Post lockdown, as Villa urgently needed movement and threat up front he cut a figure way out of his depth.
The reports have been swirling for weeks now that the first Tanzanian to play in the English top flight would be on his way. With links to both Galatasary and closer to home West Brom, it has today been confirmed that he has joined Fenerbahce.
The striker joins initially on a loan for the remainder of the season, with the view to a permanent deal being concluded.
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