Smith: Samatta was reluctant to leave Aston Villa

Smith: Samatta was reluctant to leave Aston Villa
Mbwana Samatta

by Staff Reporter

Wednesday Sep 30, 2020. 09:00

Tanzania captain Mbwana Samatta was reluctant to leave English Premier League side Aston Villa according to manager Dean Smith.

The 27-year-old marksman only joined the Lions from Belgian side Genk in January 2020, but he was sold to Turkish giants Fenerbahce last week.

Smith revealed that the club is disappointed about Samatta’s lack of playing time with the player having netted once in 14 Premier League matches.

This was after the Lions brought in the club-record signing of Ollie Watkins from English Championship outfit Brentford this summer.

“I think it was the right decision in the end,” Smith was quoted by Birmingham Live.

“He couldn’t be guaranteed minutes here and we’ve paid out a record amount of money for Ollie Watkins, who we believe is going to be a top striker here.

“Keinan Davis has signed a new contract as well and we have Wesley to come back in the new year,” he added.

“We just can’t stockpile players and we had an offer from Fenerbahce and I think Ally reluctantly agreed to go. We’re disappointed it didn’t work out how we all wanted because he’s a good player and a really good lad.

“But the club has moved on from that and we wish him well in his career now.”

Villa also signed Burkina Faso international Bertrand Traore, who is a forward by trade, from French giants Olympique Lyonnais this summer.

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