After spilling much ink (characters?) over the last few weeks about the future of their 2017 spark plug, Aston Villa announced today that they have come to an agreement with their 19-year-old striker, Keinan Davis.
Announced via tweet, the agreement will keep Davis on the squad until 2020 and comes as a bit of a sigh of relief for Villa fans as Davis has been recently scouted by top clubs like Arsenal and Manchester United.
The agreement certainly offers a well-deserved raise over Davis’s rumoured salary of only £2,000 a week and continues Davis’s impressive rise through the ranks over the last year.
In a career that at certain points seemed to be stalled, Davis was able to take over the reigns of the Villa attack last fall against Norwich City after seeing Jonathan Kodjia, Gabby Agbonlahor, Ross McCormack and Scott Hogan either injured, left off, or otherwise out-worked.
Davis’ presence was all over the match as midfielder Conor Hourihane netted a hat trick and gave the credit back to the striker’s ability to hold up play and allow his teammates to make runs. “He’s a dream to play with,” Hourihane was quoted to say with the Birmingham Mail.
Since then Davis has continued his strong play while creating a lovely chemistry with Joshua Onomah. Davis, however, certainly has room to grow with manager Steve Bruce citing his finishing as an area in which to improve. In addition, over the last few games as his profile has risen his competitors have seemed to have gotten under his skin, but with his physical style of play, that will only continue and he’ll be asked to show more poise.
With no information on what the new deal is going to cost the club, it’s yet to be seen what the value created is, if any, but Villa is very lucky in the youth department and with the squads multi-million pound strikers striking out, finding themselves on the trainers table, or unable to find form, showing a little cash to a player that’s come up through the club shows goodwill and that the team is developing internally.