Villa dropped a clanger on Keinan Davis
Steven Gerrard was sacked as Aston Villa manager last week, but some of his decisions will no doubt impact Unai Emery’s time in charge of Villa Park.
One thing that may well frustrate the Spanish manager was the decision to send Keinan Davis on loan to Watford in the Championship, despite his impressive showing with Nottingham Forest in the same division last season.
The 24-year-old striker has never really had a chance from Gerrard but is once again showing his worth in the second tier, with four goals in his first 10 appearances for a struggling Watford side.
His latest performance epitomized what he could have offered Villa in the Premier League, as he scored a fantastic goal in a 4-0 derby win over Luton, earning a solid 8.03 from WhoScored. for its display.
Davis’ four goals are more than any player Villa’s side have managed in the league so far this season, with the Villans’ misfortunes in front of goal a major factor in Gerrard’s departure.
Should Villa have kept Davis?
Danny Ings is currently leading the way for goals in the top flight with just three goals, two of which came after Gerrard’s exit in the 4-0 win over Brentford at the weekend.
The on-loan Davis also averaged more shots per game (2.4) than any of the players in the Villa squad, suggesting he could have solved their goalscoring issues this season if Gerrard had chose to keep him at Villa Park.
Nottingham Forest were Davis’ beneficiary last season, as he made 18 Championship appearances for Steve Cooper’s side, scoring five goals and averaging a solid 7.16 from WhoScored.
Steve Cook was full of praise for his former teammate last season, saying:
“Keinan was outstanding. He’s probably a bit of an unsung hero to us right now because he does the hard work.
“He intimidates defenders and he connects the game from back to front, not scoring the goals he probably would have liked until now. He looked such a threat.
However, Gerrard was clearly no fan of Davis as he didn’t make a single appearance under the former Liverpool man, which seems a baffling move given his displays for Forest last season.
Hopefully for Davis, his new manager will give him more of a chance to impress at Villa as he continues to prove his worth in the Championship.