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Aston Villa Striker Wants To Leave This January: Should Gerrard Sanction His Departure?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent interview with The Beautiful Game Podcast, Aston Villa striker Keinan Davis revealed that he wants to leave the West Midlands club this January. Davis said,

“To look at, it doesn’t look too good. The minutes I have got have been like eight or nine minutes, but it’s all appearances. I know it, the coaches know it and everyone in football knows it (how important it is to play). For me, I would say I need a good clean run of games whether that’s at Villa or somewhere else just to get experience and get goals and stuff like that.

“Yeah, depending on what the club say, that’s something I would like to do, to play more consistent games, so yeah.”

The Villans centre-forward went on to add,

“For a player like me, I’m still young. I’m trying to find my way. Going down to the Championship, I wouldn’t see that as a step back at all.”

Davis’ Growing Frustrations In English Football This Season

At the moment, Davis is simply not enjoying his time with Aston Villa. The English talent is under contract at the West Midlands club until the summer of 2024 but needs to seek a move elsewhere in search of playing time if he wants to find rediscover himself at the highest level.

The Stevenage-born attacker has failed to make himself a regular feature at Villa Park during this campaign as he has often found himself behind Danny Ings and Ollie Watkins in the Aston Villa pecking order. Davis has only participated in one match for the Villans this season which came as a substitute versus Southampton last month.

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MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 26: Keinan Davis of Aston Villa U21 contests the ball with Aden Baldwin of Milton Keynes Dons during the Papa John’s Trophy match between Milton Keynes Dons and Aston Villa U21at Stadium mk on October 26, 2021 in Milton Keynes, England. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)
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Should Aston Villa Head Coach Steven Gerrard Sanction Davis’ Departure?

Davis can make some strong runs with the ball in the final third when he is playing regularly on the field. He can use his powerful 1.89m frame to hold the ball up and get his teammates involved in the attacking end of the pitch.

However, the English marksman has to figure out a way to find some form in front of the opponent’s goal if he intends to become a regular feature in top-flight football someday. Furthermore, the lack of playing opportunities at Aston Villa is not doing Davis’ confidence any good.

It is only fair to the player if Steven Gerrard sanctions his exit when the transfer window commences at the start of next year. The only dilemma for the Villans to consider would be to either let the English striker go out on loan or seal a permanent move away from Villa Park during the upcoming winter transfer period.

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