Just last season, Keinan Davis was in Aston Villa’s youth team and with the amount of strikers that had been signed in the summer and January including Jonathan Kodjia and Ross McCormack, he would have never have thought he had a chance of making it into a first team game at Villa Park. But now for the 19 year old, that dream has become a reality.
With Kodjia out at the start of this season through injury, McCormack having the worst period of his career, Scott Hogan not being clinical enough and Gabriel Agbonlahor not being good enough to get into the starting 11, this young striker was pulled in by Steve Bruce for his debut against Norwich City and he hasn’t looked back since.
In nine appearances in claret and blue in the Championship, Davis has scored two goals and grabbed an assist. But that stats do not prove the impact he has had on this team. Being six foot one and one of the strongest players in the squad, his hold up game has proved to be vital to Villa creating chances this season. Having Albert Adomah, Robert Snodgrass and Conor Hourihane playing off him, Davis has shown the ability to link up play with his team mates even at such a young age. He’s shown he’s not shying away from goal either which can be the case with some young strikers. No he isn’t very clinical at the moment but that will come as he gains experience and his positives definitely outweigh his negatives.
Even though as a Villa fan, I am delighted Davis is doing well, the truth is he shouldn’t even be making it into the starting 11. The fact Bruce has had to play him so regularly as a starter shows how poor our strikers have been not only this season and last year. The only exception is Kodjia who scored 19 goals last season but suffered a broken ankle towards the end of last season and has not long made his comeback.
But Ross McCormack (£12 million transfer fee) since signing for Villa has been an absolute disaster. He hasn’t shown any of the qualities he showed at Fulham where some considered him the best striker in the Championship. Scott Hogan (another £12 million transfer) is showing positive aspects to his game but hasn’t shown that killer instinct in front of goal. Finally, Agbonlahor hasn’t been good enough in about 10 years.
However, without those strikers letting down the team, Bruce may have never discovered this young talent. But after a dismal performance against Wolves last week, Villa and Davis will be looking to bounce back tomorrow as they face Fulham at Villa Park. So we will see if Davis can keep up his personal form during this tough run of games and continue to make an impact on this Villa team. For the Villain’s play-off hopes, I think I speak for all fans when I say I hope he keeps on playing the way he has been.
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