Patience is wearing thin at Aston Villa as Jonathan Kodjia has picked up a fresh injury concern. He is unavailable for the weekend, meaning Keinan Davis will be Wesley Moraes’ back-up striker again.
The Villans face West Ham on Monday night and it will be a tough test for Davis if he gets on. But with Kodjia’s injury problems continuing into this season, this is now Davis’ make-or-break campaign and he needs to impress.
Aston Villa’s second choice
Aston Villa decided not to let Davis leave on loan this summer. Rushian Hepburn-Murphy and Scott Hogan departed, leaving Davis as the third-choice striker behind Wesley and Kodjia.
For the opening game of the season, Davis failed to make the matchday squad. But Kodjia has been injured since and the youngster has come off the bench in two of the three games he has been a substitute. With Kodjia out, Davis is next in line after Wesley.
More goals needed
In order to save his Aston Villa career, Davis needs to prove to Dean Smith that he can be more than just a target man. The 6ft 3in striker is a useful presence as a centre-forward but he needs to add more goals to his game.
Davis was given the chance against Crewe Alexandra in the cup and he scored. But that was only his fourth Aston Villa goal in just under 50 appearances. If he is expected to be a second-choice Premier League striker, he needs to prove his goalscoring prowess.
Davis is out of contract at the end of this season – meaning he is playing for his future. Therefore, the 21-year-old needs to use this make-or-break campaign to show why he should be rewarded with an extension.
Kodjia’s injuries are unfortunate but they present a chance to Davis. He has to show he can compete with Wesley, score goals and establish himself in the Villa squad to win a new deal.