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Aston Villa: Gerrard should let Keinan Davis leave

If there’s one position that Aston Villa have plenty of options, it’s in attack. That has left striker Keinan Davis with a problem because to him, a lack of game time is not a good thing in any way.

What’s the talk?

During an appearance on The Beautiful Game Podcast, Davis revealed that he is open to leaving the Premier League club on loan on January and would even consider dropping to the Championship for more regular game time.

He said, “To look at, it [his situation] doesn’t look too good. The minutes I have got have been like eight or nine minutes, but it’s all appearances. I know it, the coaches know it and everyone in football knows it (how important it is to play),” Davis said.

“For me, I would say I need a good clean run of games whether that’s at Villa or somewhere else just to get experience and get goals and stuff like that.

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“Depending on what the club say, that’s something I would like to do, to play more consistent games, so yeah,” Davis concluded.

“For a player like me, I’m still young. I’m trying to find my way. Going down to the Championship, I wouldn’t see that as a step back at all.”

Not a loss for Villa

The Villa academy graduate made an impression on the first team when he broke through during an injury crisis in the 2019/20 season, making 18 appearances as Dean Smith’s side struggled for goals but eventually avoided relegation by the skin of their teeth.

The following season he found himself down the pecking order again after Ollie Watkins’ arrival from Brentford but he scored his first (and only) Premier League goal to date against West Brom with an injury-time equaliser. This season, however, he has featured for just 11 minutes in the Premier League and is keen to get more action after the arrival of Danny Ings.

At 23-years-old, game time is key for his development and it’s quite evident that he isn’t in the first-team plans of new manager Steven Gerrard having yet to feature at all under him.

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It would do absolutely no harm to Villa’s aspirations this season to let him go and play, while potentially putting him in the shop window for a permanent move away if needed to bring in some cash and get his £45k-per-week wages off the books.

His physique and physical style of play have previously seen him described as a “big presence” upfront and he could do well with a run of games elsewhere.

After all, his tally of just six senior goals in 86 games is nowhere near good enough. With Villa looking at signing yet another forward in Julian Alvarez this summer, Davis must be ruthlessly axed to make room.