Aston Villa striker Keinan Davis is staking a claim to remain involved with the team despite two strikers being signed during the January transfer window.
It was integral that Dean Smith was given new strikers to work with, due to Wesley’s season-ending injury and Jonathan Kodjia being allowed to leave.
He has got exactly that in the form of Mbwana Samatta and Borja Baston, who were signed from Genk and Swansea City respectively.
It can be imagined that the two new forwards would mean that Davis will fall out of the picture pretty quickly, but he has taken his opportunity to stake a claim to stay within the setup since coming back from injury.
One notable factor of his game against both Leicester City and AFC Bournemouth is that he has been very busy, making the 21-year-old difficult to stick to.
In the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg, the striker came off the bench to help his team earn a spot at Wembley with three successful dribbles, one key pass and four duels won.
He also came on as a substitute at the Vitality Stadium, going on to make another three dribbles and winning two aerial duels.
The academy graduate also took three shots and it is this willingness to try things under pressure that led to Samatta’s goal, as his effort looped up off Simon Francis’ foot and into the Tanzanian’s path.
While this will likely not be enough to get him a starting place, it will be interesting to see whether this type of impact off the bench will be enough to keep him in Smith’s plans – even if that means cameos at the end of matches when Baston returns.
Through his two most recent performances, Davis has certainly put himself in a good position for that to possibly happen.