Aston Villa supporters in the Transfer Tavern are eagerly anticipating the 2018/19 Championship season, what with their side seeking to bounce back from their play-off heartache last term.
Steve Bruce’s men put together a fine campaign to finish fourth in the second tier, before edging past Middlesbrough in the semi-finals of the play-offs to reach the showpiece at Wembley. Yet the Villans weren’t able to get past Slavisa Jokanovic’s Fulham back in May as a Tom Cairney goal secured their rise to the top-flight, leaving Villa with the prospect of another season in the Championship.
And with financial troubles set to grip the Midlands giants, it remains to be seen whether Bruce’s side will again be battling near the summit of the second tier this term, although they can at least take some solace from the wide array of young talent currently at Villa Park.
And one youngster in particular looks destined for the Premier League one day, namely striking sensation Keinan Davis.
The 20-year-old began his youth career at local club Stevenage before being released back in 2015, before then undergoing a four-week trial at Villa from which he then earned a professional contract at the rear end of 2015.
And the young forward has not looked back since in making 37 senior appearances for the Midlands giants, in which time he has bagged three goals and laid on four assists for the Villans.
Yes, those figures are hardly ground-breaking, but Bruce clearly thought a lot of him last term in giving him 17 starts in the Championship and 28 appearances overall, from which he won the club’s young player of the year award to underline his credentials.
And having also made his debut for the England Under-20s back in 2017, and having since netted twice for the Three Lions in wins over Poland and Portugal in the Under-20 Elite League, it’s clear that Davis has a huge future ahead of him.
Yes, he didn’t feature too greatly in the latter stages of last season, but there is no doubting that the 20-year-old has big potential in the forward ranks – some of the goals he scored and performances he produced at Championship level last term were mightily impressive.
And with Premier League clubs reportedly keeping tabs on the forward, most notably Southampton, it seems to be just a matter of time before the 20-year-old is turning out in England’s top-flight.
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