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‘Has to’, ‘would work’: Some Aston Villa fans want Dean Smith to start rarely-seen 22-year-old on Saturday

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‘Has to’, ‘would work’: Some Aston Villa fans want Dean Smith to start rarely-seen 22-year-old on Saturday

A number of Aston Villa fans have called on Dean Smith to start Keinan Davis in their upcoming Premier League game following his cameo in Monday night’s embarrassing loss.

Villa headed to Leicester City hoping to get their relegation battle back on track but instead they were torn to pieces in a 4-0 defeat, with Harvey Barnes and Jamie Vardy both scoring braces.

The Villans may well have fancied their chances beforehand, given Leicester had not won in the league since 22 January, and Vardy had not scored in nearly 11 hours.

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However, Pepe Reina effectively gifted Barnes a goal with his baffling charge towards the Leicester man 25 yards out, which resulted in the keeper being rounded and the ball fired home from the edge of the box.

Vardy then scored a penalty in the 63rd minute, not long after coming on, before getting on the scoresheet in the 79th minute with a neat finish at the near post, and Barnes made it four after meeting Marc Albrighton’s cross.

Davis came on in the 67th minute and looked a threat for his side, albeit coming on too late to make a significant impact, and several fans thought he should be given a go from the off against Chelsea on Saturday.

Here is what some Villa supporters said on social media:

 

Davis, who came through the ranks at Villa, was praised by Smith following his performance in the 6-1 League Cup win over Crewe last August, telling the Birmingham Mail: “He was very good. He’s a handful Keinan, I don’t think there will be too many centre-halves in any league that would want to play against him. He’s physical, he’s strong.

“I was really pleased he got his goal because that’s the only thing missing at times. He’s a bit of a throwback of a centre-forward, a bit like a Cyrille Regis from them days, God bless him. His performance was excellent, he made the ball stick around him and brought others into play and got one himself.”

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