Aston Villa striker Keinan Davis put in an impressive performance off the bench during their 2-1 defeat against Bournemouth.
It was the 21-year-old’s deflected shot that resulted in Mbwana Samatta scoring his first goal for the club, getting in ahead of Aaron Ramsdale following Simon Francis’ block.
Despite playing 32 minutes, he completed three dribbles and won two aerial duels, which saw him reach a WhoScored rating of 6.8 – Samatta and Jack Grealish were the only Villa players to exceed this.
This display led FFC to suggest that he has staked his claim to stay involved despite the signing of Borja Baston – while that still stands, the Villans must take care in managing the youngster’s fitness following yet another injury problem.
Davis has already been absent from 14 Premier League games this season through injury and suffered another setback after the loss at the Vitality Stadium.
The Birmingham Mail suggested that during a match for the U23s against West Bromwich Albion, he was holding his hamstring following a robust challenge from Chris Brunt, but his injury occurred when he took a shot moments later. This forced him off in just the 25th minute.
Considering this was on February 3rd, there has been some time for recovery, but Smith has now ruled him out for the next two to three weeks.
On this occasion, though, there should be extra caution taken, considering it’s his hamstring that caused the youngster to be out for three months last time.
It’s that last point that indicates just how foolish it would be to rush the £2.2m-rated forward back to action. Considering Villa are still lacking forward options after Wesley’s injury, they must be cautious while nursing him back. After all, Samatta and Baston aren’t still fully acclimatised.
Having been out for so long with a hamstring issue already, it could prove to be truly costly if the injury is aggravated.