By Dominic Toner
Christopher Samba is reportedly training with Aston Villa – and the club’s supporters have expressed contrasting opinions on Twitter about the defender.
Telegraph correspondent John Percy has claimed on his personal Twitter account that the 32-year-old centre-back is currently training with the Midlands giants.
Samba is currently a free agent after a series of injuries meant he left Panathinaikos in January.
Former Blackburn and QPR defender Chris Samba, now a free agent, is training with #avfc
— John Percy (@JPercyTelegraph) February 21, 2017
He is no stranger to English football after spells with Blackburn and QPR in the Premier League, but is yet to play in the Championship before.
Villa fans have voiced mixed feelings about powerhouse defender Samba as some feel he could be a strong addition if signed on a free, while others feel he would be a pointless signing.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Chris samba training with villa can't be any worse than Elphick as a free agent #AVFC
— Tom King (@thomasavfc12) February 21, 2017
Just Read Chris samba is training with villa and with that thought it's probably time to say goodnight #AVFC
— mattyy (@mattyyallen92) February 21, 2017
Samba can't be any worse then the defending we've seen these past months and calm it he might not sign yet #avfc
— Callum J Jones (@CjJones94) February 21, 2017
Samba to #AVFC ? Granted a free agent but certainly highlights an area we should have strengthened in Jan esp. given the back 3 experiment
— Jordan Raiye (@jordanraiye) February 21, 2017
Chris Samba was poor 7 years ago. Dread to think what he will be like now… #avfc
— Nick Parr (@NickParr) February 21, 2017
Chris Samba? Really Bruce? ???? #avfc
— Tom Wainwright (@Wainwright6Avfc) February 21, 2017
I'd take Samba if he can prove his fitness. Got to be better than Calamity. We might even pose a threat at set pieces#UTV #vtid#avfc
— Rob Villan (@ubears111) February 21, 2017
Having a look at Samba is the least of our worries, not up to it physically positive no short term deal will be fourth coming #avfc
— Roger. W (@RogW38) February 21, 2017
Samba will be hoping to return to full fitness as he trains with Steve Bruce’s side and fans are divided on whether he should be offered a contract.
The experienced defender was regarded as a powerful player in the earlier stages of his career, but has been plagued by injuries recently.
He will hope to be offered a lifeline to reignite his career in England and still has time on his side being just 32.
Villa have been poor defensively under Bruce and they are 17th-placed in the league table, just six points above the relegation places.
They look set to rebuild their team for next season and it’ll be interesting to see if Samba can be involved.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, Bruce eye an £8million-rated midfielder on a scouting mission.