After barely making a whisper all season, Keinan Davis is just beginning to show Aston Villa boss, Dean Smith, what he can potentially bring to the table.
The striker has largely played a bit-part role in the Premier League, with his ten top-flight appearances only amounting to a total of 147 minutes of action.
But after coming off the bench to good effect in recent weeks, Davis really announced his presence with a last-gasp goal to rescue a point against West Brom at the weekend.
The 23-year-old finished the game with the highest match rating for any Villa player as per Sofascore, despite only playing for around ten minutes or so after coming on for Ross Barkley.
Davis won three of his four duels, which was only one shy of what Ollie Watkins managed all game, completed 100% of his dribbles, and had three attempts on goal, including striking the woodwork.
And, in his post-match player ratings for The Birmingham Mail, Ashley Preece gave him a joint-high eight, saying: “It’s been a long time coming as Davis fired home his first career Premier League goal. He put himself about and looked menacing with Albion struggling to contain him. Davis also struck the outside of the post before his equaliser. Star man for his cameo.”
Preece also hailed the £45k-a-week earning ace’s display on Twitter, revealing: “Chuffed for KD last night. He’s been afforded a little over 150/2,880 PL minutes this season. Jack Grealish LOVES him while a few players have told me “he’s a baller” and not just this hold-up merchant. Always catching the eye in training videos, too. More game time in May?”
Given how he saved Villa’s blushes against the Baggies, and how he offers something completely different to main man Watkins, it’s surely time for Smith to unshackle Davis and give him a real chance to impress in the Premier League.