Over the few weeks, a young star going by the name of Keinan Davis has caught the Championship by surprise with two very impressive performances against Norwich City and Bristol City. On the other hand, striker Scott Hogan has scored 3 goals in 2 cup games and this has led many Villa fans to ask the question, Davis or Hogan?
Whilst Jonathan Kodjia has been out due to injury, the striker position has been filled with Gabriel Agbonlahor, Hogan and more recently Davis.
Davis has come out of nowhere, especially if you don’t follow the u23 side. The 6ft 1 striker began his career at his hometown side Stevenage Borough but was released in 2015 and that is when he was picked up by Biggleswade Town. He was then spotted by the Villa scouts and following a four week trial with the club he was given an 18-month contract at the club.
Davis made his full first team debut after impressing in the youth team, in a cup game at White Hart Lane which Villa lost 2-0.
Steve Bruce once again gave 19-year-old Davis a start but this time it came this season in the home league match against Norwich City.
He impressed both the manager and the Villa faithful with his sheer strength and bullied the experienced Norwich defence. His hold up play and the ability to bring his team mates into the game was something that Villa had been crying out for years and it appeared he had it all.
Davis also came close to scoring on several occasions but was denied by both the Norwich goalkeeper and then again the woodwork.
Bruce stuck with the striker for the game against Bristol City last Friday night and although he didn’t impress as much as his Villa Park debut against Norwich he still shone in patches.
The one thing that appears to hold Davis back is his fitness with him out lasting 75 minutes in both starts as he had looked exhausted.
He is by far the finished product and we as supporters must be careful to not put to much pressure on Davis but if nurtured correctly we may have found the answer for our striker situation right on our own doorstep.
Hogan was signed in January for a fee of £9.45million (according to Transfermarkt.co.uk) and has so far failed to make an impact in the claret and blue shirt.
He scored his first and only league goal to date against Wigan last season in which Villa won 2-0. Hogan has impressed in the League Cup this season, however, scoring 3 goals in 2 games, one of which was a ‘stunner’ against (once again) Wigan in front of the Holte End.
Some may argue that the games in which he has scored have been against lesser sides in Colchester and Wigan but are we playing to his needs in these games?
In both Cup games, Villa plays through the midfield and create a lot of chances for the striker as he likes to play on the last man. In the league, it appears that we bypass the midfield a lot of time – hence why having a big man up top is effective.
One of the debates on social media and Aston Villa forums have been who should start out of the two strikers in question while kodjia remains unavailable.
I would edge towards Davis as he has really impressed me in his first two games and does bring the likes of Conor Hourihane into play.
Others have asked if they could play together? It could work, in all fairness as Hogan is quick and nimble who plays on the last man whereas Davis is a strong player who can hold up the ball and could prove to be perfect for someone like Hogan to feed off. With a run of home games coming up it could be the perfect opportunity for Bruce to try them out.
Who would you start, Hogan or Davis? Let us know in the comments section down below.