Aston Villa’s summer signing Boubacar Kamara may live to regret swapping life at his boyhood club for a shot at Premier League football, according to French outlet Media Foot Marseille.
The 22-year-old spent his entire youth career with Marseille and made 170 appearances across six seasons with the first team.
Kamara played a pivotal role last season as the French giants secured a second-placed finish to qualify for the Champions League.
Despite the prospect of playing in Europe’s elite club competition, Kamara was ultimately lured by Aston Villa.
Since arriving at Villa Park, Kamara’s introduction to the Premier League has been somewhat tumultuous. The club have won just one of their opening six games and find themselves 17th in the standings.
To make matters worse, the defensive midfielder leads the way when it comes to the number of fouls committed. He currently shares the lead with Manchester United’s Scott McTominay on 15.
While Villa continue to struggle, Kamara’s old employers have enjoyed a strong start to their domestic campaign. Igor Tudor’s side have won six of their seven games and are still unbeaten in Ligue 1.
Marseille have amassed the same number of points as league leaders Paris Saint-Germain. As a result, they only trail the defending champions on goal difference.
Things haven’t been as positive in the Champions League, with the club losing both of their opening group games. Defeats against Tottenham and Eintracht Frankfurt leave them bottom of their group.
Boubacar Kamara swayed by salary?
According to the report, Kamara was handed a major pay rise following his move to Villa Park.
The midfielder is understood to have earned around £33,000 a week at Marseille. His contract with Villa, on the other hand, entitles him to a reported wage of £149,000 a week. Per estimates, that’s the second-highest salary at the club.
Another major motivation was the opportunity of working with manager Steven Gerrard.
While the former Rangers boss is yet to prove himself in the managerial hot seat, working with a former international midfielder would have undoubtedly appealed to Kamara.
Gerrard can also be credited for the move after travelling to the south of France. Upon doing so, he met the player before completing the free transfer last May.
Plenty of time for the tide to change
Kamara has become one of the first names on the team sheet, having started all six of his Premier League games this season.
The player has impressed with his individual performances after making the defensive midfielder position his own.
Kamara has already made 50 recoveries and won 36 duels, though his impressive start in claret and blue has been somewhat undermined by Villa’s poor start.
Looking at the standings, it’s easy to see why he may start to regret his decision to leave Marseille.
However, with Villa facing a number of winnable games over the next few weeks, the tide could be about to change. Gerrard’s men take on Southampton at home before travelling to Leeds and Nottingham Forest.
With that in mind, Kamara could be in a better frame of mind should his side begin to climb the Premier League table.