By Alan Hutton

11th Mar, 2020 | 4:00pm

Exclusive: Hutton claims transformed Villa youngster 'Definitely' pushing for first PL start

Alan Hutton has tipped transformed Aston Villa striker Keinan Davis to push for a starting role after his recent substitute appearances.

The former Villa and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists that the 22-year-old has got “all the attributes” to be a first-team regular for Dean Smith’s men.

The 6ft 2in hitman has not started a Premier League game so far, with eight substitute appearances under his belt in the top flight.

However, having played in three of the club’s last five games across all competitions, the young striker could force his way into the manager’s plans.

That is according to the well-connected Hutton, who left Villa last summer after nearly a decade and remains close to many at the club.

Asked if Davis was pushing for a starting spot, Hutton told Football Insider: “Yeah, definitely, he’s always had ability, even when he was younger.

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“When he came through first and was training with us, you could see he had the strength, the power and the ability.

“He’s come on leaps and bounds, for him it’s just about staying fit and getting a run. I think Samatta’s done really well since he’s come in, he’s worked really hard and worked really well.

“He’s going to have to challenge him for a place but the main thing is staying fit and pushing his way back in because he’s definitely got all the attributes to be a very good striker for Villa.” 

Davis has a total of 57 appearances under his belt for Villa since coming through the youth ranks, scoring four times.

In other Aston Villa news, it can be REVEALED the club are lining up a 39-year-old to take over from Smith if he is sacked.