Aston Villa reportedly signed a £ 8.5 million deal to bring Tanzanian Mbwana Ally Samatta into the club from Jupiler Pro’s Racing Club Genk, reportedly in Belgium.
Samatta has scored ten goals this season for Genk in the Belgian league and will replace injured striker Wesley at Villa.
While a fee has reportedly been agreed, Samatta has not yet signed the personal terms at Villa. This should be a formality, but there is another obstacle. Like other current Villa players, including Marvelous Nakamba and Douglas Luiz, Samatta will have to seal a UK work permit to play for the club.
In essence, this means that even if an agreement is signed within 24 hours, Samatta will probably not be available to leave for Villa against Brighton at the weekend.
Before diving, there is a solution. Given that the player has lived and worked in Belgium since 2016, there is a possibility that the player may have applied for Belgian citizenship and an EU passport. This is not currently clear.
The attacker is enjoying his time in European football, but if he wants to approve a transfer to England, Samatta will have to approve the strict rules that apply to non-EU players – who do not have EU passports – who will essentially have a job and work. in England once the transfer is finalized.
Since Tanzania is outside the European Union and the European Economic Area, Samatta will need permission to work in the United Kingdom.
But how will Samatta get a work permit? The UK Ministry of Interior applies a points-based system and clubs must request a “Governing Body Approval” from the Football Association – which acts in some way as a waiver, allowing the Ministry of Interior and the AF to grant a work permit to be granted.
Passing the points system means that a work permit is offered, but this only happens for players who are senior internationals for the nations that rank in the top ten of the FIFA world rankings. You won’t see Tanzania there for now. Tanzania’s highest FIFA ranking was 70th – in 1995. I am currently 134th. This means that Samatta will have to collect enough points through a number of other criteria.
For example, Samatta will earn points if he plays in a high percentage of minutes available for Genk, he will earn points playing in European and international competitions for Tanzania (although due to their low FIFA ranking, he must have played more games than to say – an Argentine striker). He will earn points for earning an “eligible salary” – an above-average salary showing the player that he has a certain value and will earn points for the transfer fee paid.
Even if Samatta does not pass the points-based system outlined by the Ministry of the Interior, she will still have a chance as a group of FA exceptions can review and grant a “Governing Body Approval” if an appeal is lodged by Villa.
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There are a number of things in Samatta’s favor, and while it is somewhat likely that an appeal will have to be made, it is certain that he will launch the games for Aston Villa. Villa needs a striker and this will also be presented in every appeal. Samatta will be well paid and subject to a decent transfer fee, and he is also a high profile player in Belgium who has played in a series of games with long international experience.
There may be hiccups on the way to Samatta before he joins Villa – but if he can get a work permit, he will be free to play for the Villani.
However, this may not be in time for this weekend’s game and there is a possibility that it won’t be completed by the Watford game on the 21st.