Ex-Blackburn and QPR defender Chris Samba could be set for a return to England as he is, reportedly, training with Aston Villa.
Former Blackburn and QPR defender Chris Samba, now a free agent, is training with #avfc
— John Percy (@JPercyTelegraph) February 21, 2017
Samba became a free agent when Panathinaikos released him last month, due to persistent injuries that have severely limited his playing time this season, however, it looks as if he could be planning to return to England after last being here in 2013 with QPR.
The 32-year-old, who is possibly coming to the end of career, could be moving to Championship side Aston Villa to provide some experience to their struggling backline.
James Chester and Tommy Elphick are the current first team centre backs. Chester and Elphick are two very good professionals and Samba will most likely provide cover for the two of them.
The Congo international played 161 games for Blackburn between 20017-2012 and scored 16 goals. Samba then went on to play for Anzhi Makhachkala in Russia and played 27 games in the one season he was there for.
Everyone knows Samba because of his strength at the back.
Crystal Palace had Samba on trial recently with Sam Allarydyce seeing if he was still Premier League standard.
Villa boss Steve Bruce will be assessing Samba’s fitness while he is training at Bodymoor Heath Training Ground. Over the last year, Samba hasn’t played regular first team football so he will have to work hard to prove his fitness to Steve Bruce.
Some Villa fans are saying the signing of Samba is not very good due to his age, but other Villa fans are saying the signing is good because he is old and because he has that experience. Let’s take a look at some of the reaction on Twitter.
Is Chris Samba a good signing – Villa fans react on Twitter
Samba would easily be the best centre back in the championship if we signed him #avfc
— Chris Sargent (@MisterJ_91) February 22, 2017
Chris Samba was poor 7 years ago. Dread to think what he will be like now… #avfc
— Nick Parr (@NickParr) February 21, 2017
We spend 75 million and yet we turn to Chris bloody samba. Pathetic. #avfc
— Emmett Carey (@3MMETT_c4R3y) February 22, 2017
Chris Samba could be the saviour ???
— Mikey Corrigan (@MikeyCorrigan_) February 21, 2017
Chris samba training with villa can't be any worse than Elphick as a free agent #AVFC
— Tom King (@thomasavfc12) February 21, 2017
David – @DCurtyy – Football Writer
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