Aston Villa

Aston Villa are planning to loan out striker Keinan Davis in January once Wesley has proved he is back to full fitness, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

The Midlands giants secured Davis, 22, to a new four-year contract in September, as had first been revealed by this site.

But the front man has struggled for game time this season as a result of the impact made by summer signing Ollie Watkins.

A Villa source has told Football Insider that Dean Smith has given the green light for Davis to go out on loan in January to get regular match action.

The one proviso is that Wesley must prove he has fully recovered from the knee injury that has sidelined him for nearly a year.

The Brazilian is working with the club’s fitness and sports science staff on his speed and aerobic capacity, but is not expected to play again before January.

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Once the 2019 signing is able to return to the matchday squad, Davis will then be able to step up the search for a temporary move.

The Villa academy product has made five first-team appearances this season, but only two of those have been in the Premier League.

His second of the campaign came with a late run-out in Thursday’s goalless draw against Burnley.

Davis has been pushed down the pecking order by an attacking signing blitz led by the signings of Watkins for an initial £28million rising to a potential £33m, Bertrand Traore for £17m and the blockbuster loan capture of Ross Barkley.

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 made 72 appearances for the club and scored five goals and supplied six assists.

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