There seems to be a mixed reaction in the Aston Villa fan base of the latest addition to the ranks made by boss Steve Bruce, as veteran defender Christopher Samba joins ahead of the new season.
The 33-year-old was initially on trial at the Championship outfit before putting pen-to-paper on a one-year contract on Thursday evening.
Some supporters seemingly remain sceptical at the centre-backs capability in the second-tier, having struggled to cope in the Premier League four years ago during a stint at Queens Park Rangers.
However, everyone else is notably optimistic with Samba signing on at the club after having a fairly impressive five-year spell at Blackburn Rovers where he racked up over 150 appearances before departing Ewood Park for pastures new in 2012.
Christopher Samba has become Aston Villa’s third defensive acquisition of the summer following the capture of ex-England international John Terry and full-back Ahmed Elmohamady from Hull City.
Here is how Villa fans reacted to the news on Twitter after the club’s announcement….
Samba has definitely earned his contract this preseason! Decent backup can't complain #AVFC
— Luke (@_LukeMoo26) July 20, 2017
— Jamie Allen (@Jamie_Journo) July 20, 2017
— Jason Tromans (@JasonTromans) July 20, 2017
Aston villas wage bill
Must be astronomical so no pressure for promotion then. #avfc
— Martin (@MartCAFC45) July 20, 2017
Samba decline after Blackburn was amazing. Hopefully he's a phoenix from the flames for #avfc
— André Chambers (@AndrePC82) July 20, 2017
#avfc with Samba and Terry at back ????????????????????????. Long ball over the top and that will be interesting
— Robbo (@Ste_Robbo87) July 20, 2017
Chris samba and glenn whelan signed for villa on the same day, happy days #avfc
— Ciaran Corbett (@ciaran1991) July 20, 2017
Aston Villa fans, what do you make of the latest signing? Does Steve Bruce now need to focus on shipping players out? Let us get your reactions in the comment section below!