Aston Villa supporters have been pretty downbeat in recent times after seeing their side fail to win any of their four Championship matches prior to the current two-week break for internationals.
Steve Bruce’s men made an encouraging start to the 2018/19 campaign in winning their opening two league games, beating Hull City before edging past Wigan Athletic. Yet things have since then been something of a struggle for the Villans in drawing three and losing the other of their last four league games, sharing the spoils with Ipswich Town, Brentford, and Reading before going down 4-1 to Sheffield United in their most recent league outing.
Thus, there are many frustrated Villa fans up and down the country at present, several of whom are wondering what the future may hold for some of the club’s most promising youngsters, not least 20-year-old Keinan Davis, who very much made a name for himself in the first half of last season.
Yet things since then have been testing for the forward, with it arguable that the Englishman needs a major change to happen at Villa Park if he is to make the grade at the Midlands giants, namely that of a change in manager.
Ultimately, Davis enjoyed a fine run in the side, under Bruce, in the first half of the 2017/18 campaign to finish the season with two goals and four assists in 28 Championship matches, yet he failed to start a single league game post-December.
In fact, he hasn’t featured in any of the 14 matchday squads in the league dating back to March this year, and while injury has certainly played a part in his most recent struggles, he wasn’t exactly a regular prior to those problems.
And Davis doesn’t appear to be the only one being held back by the Villa boss, what with fellow youngster Mitchell Clark, now on loan at Port Vale, admitting that he wasn’t enjoying life at Villa Park prior to sealing a temporary move to the League Two club.
Add in the fact that Bruce has certainly prioritised experience in the transfer window since taking over at Villa, what with the likes of John Terry, Chris Samba, Glenn Whelan, and Ahmed Elmohamaday all moving to Villa Park under the 57-year-old’s reign, and one wonders where the opportunities for the young players are going to come from.
Yes, the Championship is a very tough league and the expectations are that Villa will be knocking on the door for a return to the Premier League this term, but as Davis proved at times last season, the club’s young players could actually be good enough to make a difference in the second tier.
But with many struggling for first team football and being shipped out on loan, it doesn’t look as though the chances of regular minutes will be there while Bruce is in charge at Villa Park.
As such, while injuries do appear to be holding Davis back, it seems as though the 20-year-old needs a major change, namely that of the manager, to take place at Villa if he is to make the grade at the Midlands outfit.
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