Aston Villa News: Nottingham Forest Loan Confirmed For Keinan Davis

Keinan Davis Aston Villa Forest

After months of speculation it has been confirmed this evening that the likely destination for Keinan Davis is Nottingham Forest.

The 23 year old is reported to be set for a medical this Friday (31st December) ahead of a move to The City Ground until the end of the campaign. Subject to Davis passing routine health and fitness checks, he will link up immediately with Steve Cooper’s side once the January transfer window officially opens.

WHAT TO EXPECT?

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Davis is a strong and powerful player, with the ability to hold the ball up very well. The former Biggleswade Town player is well regarded amongst supporters for these positive attributes, often featuring at times when the Villa side struggled to retain possession.

The 23 year old also has good close control and can work team-mates into possession in and around the penalty area. Davis offers presence in and around the box and works well with a second striker working off him.

Davis’ injury record leaves much to be desired, with a number of lengthy spells on the sidelines. These absences have not only hindered his own development as a player, but came at the worst possible time when Villa were in need of attacking options both during and after promotion to the Premier League.

Whilst coming off the bench has also been a feature of the strikers Villa career, there is undeniably also a significant shortfall of goals for a frontman. Davis has unfortunately chalked up just a solitary Premier League goal and only 7 senior finishes in total since 2016.

He’s not prolific, but with a decent injury free run of games in The Championship, you never know. What he lacks in goals to date, he does bring other qualities and certainly has the right attitude.

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VILLA FUTURE

At this point it remains unclear what future, if any, that Davis has in Steven Gerrard’s plans. He’s now firmly behind established goalscoreres Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings within Villa’s first team squad. Further, Villa’s mantra is one of continuous improvement with progressing youth to the first team as a determined priority.

Indeed, this season has seen 19 year old Cameron Archer burst onto the scene with a host of Cup goals, whilst Louie Barry’s development is ongoing whilst also out on loan. Barry of course made headlines by joining Barcelona at a young age, before returning to the UK and netting against Liverpool with Villa having to field a youth team due to Covid-19.

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