Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce hails former Biggleswade striker Keinan Davis as Villa Park outfit head into international break

PUBLISHED: 18:37 02 October 2017 | UPDATED: 18:37 02 October 2017

Former Biggleswade starlet Keinan Davis is impressing at Aston Villa

Former Biggleswade starlet Keinan Davis is impressing at Aston Villa

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Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce has hailed a former Biggleswade striker for his performances at the Villa Park giants.

As the Championship side head into the international break, former Biggleswade starlet Keinan Davis, 19, had been impressing with his promising displays this term.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, the former Manchester United centre-back Bruce praised his player, saying: “Keinan has single-handedly led from the front.

“There’s nothing quite like a young lad to lift everybody and certainly Keinan has played his part.”

After being dropped by Stevenage as a youth player and told he’d never make the grade as a professional, Davis joined Biggleswade Town FC’s U18 side in 2015.

The nucleus of the squad – including Davis – went on to form a separate club, Biggleswade FC, where he was scouted by Villa in December 2015.

He was then offered a four-week trial, before signing on the dotted line for the 1982 European Cup winners on an 18 month contract.

He played for Villa’s U18s in his first season, progressing to make his debut in the FA Cup against Tottenham in January of this year.

Davis has continued his progression this term, scoring two goals in eight games.

Boss Bruce added: “He’s a young lad out of non-league and he’s been a focal point.

“He’s a bit of an old-fashioned type, charging around. He’s got rawness and aggression which has made him a big hit this season.”

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