19-year-old Keinan Davis has been a surprise star this season after breaking through to the first team last season. The striker signed who signed from Biggleswade in 2015 was originally brought in as a youth player but has surprised many by already breaking into the first team and he is fastly becoming a favorite amongst the Aston Villa faithful.
Davis made his Aston Villa debut on the 8th of January 2017 where he came off the bench against Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup. People began to take note of the 6ft 1 striker when he replaced an injured Scott Hogan on the last day of the 2016-17 season against Brighton. He put in a solid display and was unlucky not to win his side a penalty.
The young striker was surprisingly thrown in the starting eleven against Norwich on the 19th of August 2017 when no one was expecting him to be a substitute let alone start. Davis ran the show and would’ve won the man of the match if it wasn’t for a Conor Hourihane hat-trick.
He has continued to work hard and perform consistently ever since his full debut which has given all the fans hope that he is good enough to be the focal point of the Villa team for the future
His height would suggest that he will be good with his head as he displayed with his goal in the 3-0 win over Barnsley the weekend but he has so much more to offer. He has brilliant hold up play and is good at bringing the other attackers and midfielders into the attack.
Due to his style of play, it makes Davis a good striking partner for both Jonathan Kodjia and Hogan who seem to be the first choice for Steve Bruce.
I don’t want to tempt fate but I can see signs of Christian Benteke in him. In my time watching Villa we haven’t had anyone who was as powerful as the big Belgian but Davis could be just that.
We have tried with Libor Kozak and Rudy Gestete but both failed to replace Benteke – who now plays for Crystal Palace.
Davis has so far given us fans confidence that he can continue to put in these strong performances on a consistent basis but we must remember not to put too much pressure on his shoulders as he still has a lot to learn.
There were various rumors towards the end of the transfer window that some Premier League clubs were keeping tabs on the 19-year old. The fact he didn’t come through the youth ranks would suggest that he has no loyalty to Aston Villa either so we must ensure that as long as he progresses the club match his ambitions.
Bruce has praised how great Davis’s attitude to the game is which is also a crucial factor to young players success as they need the determination and work rate to succeed at the top level.
We now need to use this great young player to get places in the future.