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Aston Villa’s Keinan Davis is worth starting vs Norwich

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Aston Villa face a trip to Carrow Road to face Norwich City on Saturday as they hunt for just their second win of this current Premier League campaign.

It’s a fixture that not too long ago was a frequent occurrence in the division below as both teams gained promotion with Sheffield United last season.

Norwich stormed to the title, picking up 94 points while Villa needed a record-breaking ten-win streak to surge into playoff contention, and ultimately that momentum pulled them over the line as they defeated Derby County at Wembley Stadium.

Strangely enough, the Canaries went down with the west Midlands club back in 2016, so they’ve very much followed the same pattern in recent years.

It also means that their fixtures had been a constant battle for top-flight redemption.

Ahead of their first Premier League tie since that catastrophic campaign, one of their former duels may provide an answer to a big problem facing manager Dean Smith.

It is something that needs to be resolved, or they’ll be facing straight down the barrel of another ‘2016.’

Summer signing Wesley Moraes has failed to hit the ground running after arriving at Villa Park for a club-record £22m – he has netted just twice in seven appearances, which means central midfielder John McGinn is their top goalscorer.

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Back in August 2017, Keinan Davis made his full starting debut against Norwich as Villa came out on top in a 4-2 win.

He only featured due to a serious injury crisis to their attack and he fully stepped up to the mark as just a 19-year-old.

Davis has since gone on to reach the 50-game milestone for the club but has only managed four goals.

He bullied the Canaries’ backline in that victory, and even though the majority of the two squads have changed, it serves as a reminder of what the 6 foot 3 striker can offer.

WhoScored rated him at 7.91 as he recorded one assist and two successful dribbles while 75% of his attempts were on target – the one effort that wasn’t cannoned off the crossbar, denying him a goal.

Davis has only featured for a total of 41 minutes this Premier League campaign, but against Crewe in the Carabao Cup, he showed further glimpses of the potential he holds by scoring one of their six goals – he is still only 21 after all.

Let’s face it, he can’t do much worse than Wesley.

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