Hutton Exclusive: 'Wait a minute, why's this young boy starting ahead of Samatta?' 

Alan Hutton has urged Aston Villa manager Dean Smith to keep young striker Keinan Davis in the starting XI against Newcastle United.

The former Villa and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor, has been left raving over the centre-forward’s performances since the return of the Premier League.

The 22-year-old started his first top-flight game against Sheffield United and remained in the starting XI for the home defeat to Chelsea.

Hutton has lauded his old teammate for his display against the Blades and insists he should remain in the line up when Villa visit Newcastle on Wednesday evening.

Hutton told Football Insider: “I think the first game he was outstanding, I think there was a lot of people looking in from the outside and thinking: ‘Wait a minute, why’s this young boy starting ahead of Samatta?’ 

“Obviously I know his qualities, I know what he’s capable of, it’s just a matter of him being fit and I think he caused the back three for Sheffield United all sorts of problems. He was actually turning bad balls up to him into good balls, he was that good.

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“I thought he was outstanding, man of the match for me. The second game was a bit different, he was playing against a lot more experience and it was always going to be difficult, especially with him up on his own against two world-class defenders.

“It was always going to be a difficult game, I don’t think you can judge him solely on that one. If it was me I’d stick with him, I’d keep going, there’s some big games coming up that he can be key for Villa. This is his chance and I really hope he grasps it with both hands.” 

Davis has played 10 times in the Premier League so far but eight of those appearances were as a substitute.

Smith also has Aly Samatta and Borja Baston at his disposal to lead the line.

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