Aston Villa have been given a much-needed boost in the form of Keinan Davis’ return from injury, as reported by HITC.
The 20-year-old forward has been sidelined in recent weeks and has yet to make an appearance this season.
Reports have claimed that he is training with the first-team after his injury layoff, suggesting that the youngster could be nearing a return.
Davis was plucked from non-league side Biggleswade Town in 2015, a club that handed the striker a lifeline after he was released by Stevenage. Former Biggleswade boss Dave Northfield heaped praise on the prodigy after he made the leap into professional football:
“Keinan is a great young lad, a gifted player that has earnt a second chance. Several months ago he was released by Stevenage, coming to Biggleswade Town, as a young lad feeling that he had a future, but unsure what direction to take.
“Hard work and a real talent have lifted the young lad, and he has showed he has a great future.”
Now an England under-20 international, Davis will be hoping to compete with the likes of Tammy Abraham for a place in Steve Bruce’s starting eleven. Despite his tender age, he made 30 appearances for the Villains last season and was handed a new contract as a reward for his promising displays.
Villa boss Bruce is an admirer of the industrious forward, who possesses strength in abundance and is the embodiment of resilience after being released early on his career. The under-fire Villains manager had this to say after handing Davis a new deal:
“This young kid was rejected by Stevenage, then he went to non-league and now he’s the Aston Villa centre-forward. How good does that sound?
“It’s been a meteoric rise. Not much more than a year ago he was playing for Biggleswade. But he’s an old-fashioned centre forward, the sort Aston Villa have always been associated with.
“He’s known rejection and he’s come through. He’s a quiet lad who’s grasped the opportunity and he’s doing everything right at the moment.”
Davis will be hoping to be given the nod on Friday night when Villa face Bristol City, but may have to settle for a place on the bench considering the lengthy duration of his absence.