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Aston Villa’s Keinan Davis sent Dean Smith a huge message with Fulham cameo

Aston Villa produced a stirring second half comeback against Fulham in the Premier League, with Trezeguet bagging twice to help seal all three points for the home side.

Dean Smith’s men were rocked after Aleksandar Mitrovic helped the Cottagers take the lead, but the introductions of Trezeguet and Keinan Davis helped turn things in Villa’s favour.

Davis has struggled for regular game-time in his Villa career thus far, with the majority of his 79 appearances for the club coming via the substitutes’ bench.

Does Davis deserve more of a chance?

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With just eight Premier League outings to his name this season before Sunday, there would have been some understandable questions as to whether he had a genuine long-term future at the club under Smith. However, in a thrilling cameo against the Cottagers, the 23-year-old underlined his credentials.

The £45,000-a-week earning ace came on as a second half substitute for Morgan Sanson and immediately provided Villa with the kind of power and pace they needed up top to try and turn things around.

As per Sofascore, he completed three out of his four dribbles attempted, the second-most of any Villa player on the pitch behind John McGinn. As well as his directness, the striker also provided one key pass and found his target with the one cross he attempted.

It wasn’t just his decision-making on the ball which stood out, either, with Davis also really giving the Fulham defence a hard time with his sheer physicality – he won five out of his nine duels and helped earn one free-kick for his side as well.

Of course, it was Davis’ superb work and run which set up Trezeguet for his second goal of the game and put Villa 2-1 ahead.

Writing in his post-match player ratings for the Birmingham Mail, Ashley Preece said: “Did brilliantly to rob Adarabioyo and assist Trezeguet with his impact felt after coming on. Such a big presence up there who should be given more game time.”

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Midlands football journalist Mat Kendrick added to Davis’ praises, tweeting after the game: “Every now and then Keinan Davis pops up and reminds us what a patient, professional and completely selfless team player he is. Who knows what his future holds but he deserves every success. Got such a great attitude #AVFC #UTV”

While Trezeguet may understandably get the plaudits for coming on and scoring twice, Davis’ cameo may just have held even more significance in terms of the long-term.

It sent Smith a real message that perhaps he just needs to be given more of an opportunity than piecemeal minutes off the bench here and there.

Meanwhile, Gregg Evans has confirmed a major boost for Aston Villa…

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