Lockyer: I'd buy a bottle of red for whoever did the deal to sign Aston Villa's Zimbabwean star Nakamba for Luton

Marvelous Nakamba

Defender Tom Lockyer would love to buy a bottle of red wine for whoever it was at Luton that was able to secure the signing of Aston Villa’s Zimbabwean international Marvelous Nakamba for the Hatters.

The 29-year-old has been in terrific form since making the loan move to Kenilworth Road from the Premier League side on transfer deadline day, fast becoming a favourite with supporters thanks to some consistently high-class displays in the holding role.

His effect is clear to see in the stats too as during his 11 outings for the Hatters, Town have only conceded two goals from open play in that time, both coming against Millwall, and those an error by keeper Ethan Horvath plus a clearly offside effort that was allowed to stand.

The other four times Luton have been breached have all been from the penalty spot, while the 2-0 weekend win over Watford showed just how integral Nakamba has become to Luton’s cause as up against a Hornets team with some talented individuals, he won the midfield battle with ease, making 10 tackles, four clearances and two interceptions, also keeping a passing accuracy of just under 82 percent.

It means that in the Hatters’ last two matches against the Hornets and Sunderland, with Town’s players making 52 tackles in total, the midfielder has been responsible for 19 of them, with only two fouls to his name in that time as well.

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