Luton Town give fitness update on Nakamba ahead of debut

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New Luton loan signing Marvelous Nakamba

Luton Town assistant boss Paul Trollope revealed that Town had to fend off competition to land what looks a real deadline day coup when signing Aston Villa midfielder Marvelous Nakamba on a loan deal until the end of the season.

The 29-year-old Zimbabwe international cost Villa around £11m when he was bought by former Villa manager Dean Smith from Club Brugge back in August 2019.

He went on to play 68 times in all competitions over the next three seasons, but after not featuring at all so far this term, agreed to move to the Hatters for the rest of the campaign.

Having been capped 26 times by his country, it appears, on paper at least, a huge accomplishment for Luton to entice him to Kenilworth Road, as assistant Paul Trollope hopes that proves to be the case, saying: “He did have a bit of interest from other parties so we’re really, really pleased with that (signing).

“It’s a level of player that we were looking for, it’s position we were looking for and his attributes are really complementary to the other players that we’ve got in that position.

“We’re pleased to have him.

“He’s going to make a big impact.

Marvelous Nakamba will be looking to rebuild his career at Luton Town 

On whether he was fit enough to play any part against Stoke City this weekend, Trollope added: “Physically, we’ll have to assess him in the short-term to make sure his game exposure is right, so that he plays are really big part for the rest of the season.

“He is obviously a good level player, Premier League experience, you can see he’s fitted straight into the group.

“He’s a really good character which I think fits in with the group very well.

“It’s pretty obvious to see his game time over the last year, 18 months, was not what he wanted to be so we’re going to have to manage him well but we’ve brought him here to add to that midfield unit.

“It’s a strong unit for us. We’ve got some really good, talented players, all with good technical, running, athletic abilities and psychological abilities.

“He’s a different type to what we’ve got which we think we needed to compliment the others.

“We feel it’s a really strong unit so we’re delighted to have Marvelous I think he’s going to add to us on and off the pitch.“

Nakamba’s last senior outing was the final day 3-2 defeat against Manchester City in May 2022, with a last start coming in the 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace a week earlier.

He was on the bench for Villa under Steven Gerrard at the start of the season, before groin and knee issues saw him sidelined for two months, until returning to the squad for the 2-1 victory over Leeds United recently.

 

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