The Villa boss has stated that he sees Davis’ loan spell at the City Ground as a “valuable part of his development” with the striker scoring five goals this season for Forest who are set to face Huddersfield Town in the Championship play-off final next Sunday.
However, although a permanent deal is currently out of the question, a second loan move hasn’t been ruled out as well as any mention of the 24-year-old being in Gerrard’s plans for regular football at Villa Park.
Therefore, Steve Cooper must push to sign the striker on loan again next summer, regardless of whether or not Forest are promoted.
The striker has made an excellent impression at the City Ground and has done exactly what he was signed to do: score goals.
Having netted just 21 career goals, six for Villa and ten for their U23s alongside five for Forest, regular first-team football is exactly what the Englishman needed at this stage of his career.
Cooper has certainly provided Davis with that, handing him 14 starts in the 15 matches he was available for prior to the play-offs with a hamstring injury keeping the Englishman out of action for the final six games of the regular season.
The Welshman will also be delighted that he can call upon the forward at Wembley if needed after two substitute appearances against Sheffield United in the play-off semi-finals.
Granted, if Forest are promoted then the Nottinghamshire outfit may opt to invest more money in a higher quality forward than Davis.
However, Premier League experience will be invaluable for Cooper’s men and the 24-year-old, described as “strong” by former Villa teammate Jack Grealish, certainly has that with 24 top-flight appearances for Aston Villa.
If the opportunity to take Davis back on loan for next season arises, it would be an absolute no brainer, especially if Forest are to face another season in the Championship next term.