“I don’t know how Aston Villa will receive me” – Samatta after Fenerbahce loan deal
Taifa Stars captain, 28, unsure of his return to Villa Park after what happened when he was loaned to the Turkish giants
Tanzania striker Mbwana Samatta has claimed he is unsure of the reception he will receive from Premier League side Aston Villa after completing his loan with Fenerbahce.
The 28-year-old forward was loaned to Turkish Super Lig squad after joining Villans for £ 8.5million from Belgian top-flight team Genk, however, he failed to get the desired impact in England, scoring just twice in 16 appearances. .
Villa’s decision to loan the player was not well received in Tanzania where fans reacted angrily by criticizing the move which saw the Premier League team lose more than 30,000 Instagram followers in the first 24 hours after confirmation of the loan agreement.
Immediately after the transfer was announced, the Tanzanians took to Villa’s Instagram page to no longer follow him, with most of them claiming that they were now traveling to Turkey with “our son”.
Following the incident, Samatta said he was not sure what kind of reception he would receive at Villa Park upon his return for the preseason.
What was said?
In a question-and-answer session as covered by JAYM-Sport, explained the captain of the Taifa Stars when asked about his return to Villa: “After leaving Villa, many Tanzanians spoke too much about hatred towards the team and for this reason, I do not know when I will come back how they will receive me.
“I don’t know if they [Aston Villa] will welcome me with an open heart or they will kick me out but I don’t think I will be able to stay because a lot of Tanzanians spoke too much hate when I was loaned out and I don’t know now if they will be happy to see me back, or they will hate me.
Samatta joined Villa on January 20, 2020, after signing a four-and-a-half-year contract to become the first Tanzanian to play in the Premier League and also the 117th different nationality to play in the competition.
Transfer fees paid to Genk amounted to £ 8.5million and he made his debut for the club eight days later in Villa’s 2-1 EFL Cup semi-final win over Leicester City, a result that sealed the club’s victory. place in the final of the competition.
On February 1, 2020, Samatta scored on his league debut for Aston Villa, in a 2-1 loss to Bournemouth, which made him the first Tanzanian player to play and then to score in the Premier League.
The arrival of Ollie Watkins and Burkinabe international Bertrand Traoré meant Samatta was in surplus for the needs of Dean Smith’s squad, so he was loaned to the Turkish Super Lig squad.