Davis in trouble: Signing Mavididi on loan would send worrying message to young Aston Villa star

According to an exclusive from TEAMtalk, Aston Villa have asked Juventus about taking their young forward Stephy Mavididi on loan ahead of the new season.

What’s the word?

Strengthening in the final third of the pitch seems to be a key focus for Villa in the early stages of the transfer window.

After seeing Tammy Abraham depart following his loan spell there is a lack of talent in their forward line.

To bolster things from an attacking perspective Jota has arrived from Birmingham whilst the permanent capture of Anwar El Ghazi has also been confirmed.

However, a further forward has now attracted their attention.

Juventus starlet, Mavididi, who was once of Arsenal, is fielding interest from Villa who have asked whether they can take him on loan, per TEAMtalk.

The race for his signature could be hotly contested according to the report with Everton, Newcastle, Southampton, Burnley, Leeds, Derby, Fulham and Middlesbrough having all asked about the 21-year-old.

Davis in trouble?

If the Villans do move for Mavididi then it would represent a major setback for one of their own talented young forwards.

Keinan Davis was rarely afforded much game time this term but did start to appear in Dean Smith’s plans towards the end of the season.

The striker wasn’t hugely impressive but there have still been signs of the potential he has.

Yet, by bringing in a forward of the same age on a temporary deal, it would send a concerning message to Davis about his future.

It’s unlikely that he’d have the quality required to play regularly in the Premier League and considering he only has one year left on his current deal at Villa Park, his spell with the club may be coming to a disappointing end.

Davis played just 101 minutes across the Championship season, coming on for six minutes as a substitute in the play-off semi-final second leg.

Mavididi, on the other hand, gained experience playing for Juventus’ U23s in Serie C, a division he netted six times in last term.

At this point in their respective careers, the Arsenal academy graduate is likely to represent a far better option than Davis, especially considering the exposure he got in Italy last campaign.