Alan Hutton has been left raving after Aston Villa triggered a one-year extension clause for striker Keinan Davis.
The former Villa and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has revealed how impressed he was with the 22-year-old from the first time he saw him in training.
As revealed by Football Insider last month, Villa have taken up the option to extend the centre-forward’s current terms for another 12 months.
The former Biggleswade Town starlet joined Villa’s academy back in 2015 and has worked his way through the youth ranks to become a member of Dean Smith’s senior side.
The Villa boss is a big fan of Davis and, as revealed by Football Insider, rates him highly enough to have blocked him heading out on loan last summer.
Having seen the striker struggle with his fitness for a couple of years, Hutton admits he is delighted to see his former teammate given another year to prove himself.
“I’ve always liked Keinan, ever since day one, he came in and you could tell he was obviously raw, he was just a young boy, but he really took to training at Villa,” Hutton told Football Insider.
“He’s come on leaps and bounds, he’s so strong and powerful, I think people haven’t seen the best of him yet. He’s got all the fundamentals to be an excellent striker, whether it be holding up the ball, swivelling, pace, hitting the target and scoring goals.
“His main thing is staying fit. I understand it’s difficult – he’s young, he’s growing, he’s putting his body into challenges but this is the thing is you’ve got to be as fit as possible and some people just struggle.
“I’m glad that he’s got the extra year because he has struggled with hamstring injury and pelvic problems. I’m hoping he’s over that and he has this year to push on. I definitely think he can bring something to the team.”
Davis has just 13 appearances and a single goal under his belt for the senior side this season, with three starts in the League Cup.
He has played a total of 57 times for the first team during his fledgeling Villa career, netting just four times in what have been mostly substitute outings.
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