Keinan Davis has been told his career will ground to a halt if he does not quit Aston Villa in January.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Villa striker Kevin Phillips claimed the 22-year-old needs a productive loan spell to get his career back on track after a frustrating couple of years.
He is convinced top Championship sides will be “queuing up” to take the powerhouse front man for the second half of the season.
Football Insider revealed last month that Villa are planning to loan out Davis, 22, in January once Wesley is fit again and Championship trio Preston North End, Huddersfield Town and QPR are leading the chase.
The Villa academy graduate has been limited to just 41 minutes of first-team action this season following the signing of Ollie Watkins.
Dean Smith is waiting on 2019 signing Wesley Moares to prove his fitness when he returns from injury in the new year before granting Davis a temporary exit.
“He had a spell in the side last season and he has a lot of talent,” Phillips told Football Insider. “But if he stays at Villa and flirts with the bench his career will come to a halt.
“I think he should go on loan to someone like a Swansea, who we saw Rhian Brewster do so well at.
“I am sure there will be a few clubs queuing up to take him, certainly in the Championship.
“Villa have a big squad so it would be best for his career to leave in January.”
Davis made 23 senior appearances last season, four of which were Premier League starts, but scored just a single goal.
Since graduating from the Villa youth set-up, the attacker has played 73 matches for the club and scored five goals and supplied six assists.