Sky Sports pundit Andy Hinchcliffe has told Nottingham Forest striker Keinan Davis what he needs to work on to be a success at the City Ground. The former Premier League man was speaking to the EFL podcast and was quizzed on the new loan recruit.
Davis checked in on Trentside shortly after the transfer window opened. He has been added to the squad to add competition for Lewis Grabban and Lyle Taylor in the Forest attack.
The 23-year-old has been nudged down the pecking order at Villa Park. Boss Steven Gerrard is keen for him to get some game time and he should do that under Steve Cooper.
Hinchcliffe has seen Davis on a few occasions. As a result, he believes there is one trait that he will need to work on during his loan spell at Forest.
He told the EFL podcast: “I watched Keinan Davis when he first emerged and he had that physicality, his movement off the ball is good but he needs to find some subtlety, certainly in terms of his finishing.
“Everything he does, he smashes. I remember him hitting the crossbar from the penalty spot in a game that I covered and he didn’t need to belt the ball as hard as he did and he lost control, hit the bar and I remember we were saying ‘he was unfortunate’.
“He wasn’t unfortunate, it’s how he finished it. That’s how he finishes chances.”
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Some Forest fans have been quick to show their disgust at Davis’ goalscoring record. In truth, five goals in over 70 outings is hardly a CV to get too excited about.
That said, a lot of his outings at Villa have come from the bench. He’s often found himself behind other players and that could change at Forest.
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Davis will bring a different option. Hinchcliffe’s comments do offer some hope. A battering ram of a striker is what Forest need and utilising his power could be key.
The Reds will probably still see Grabban as their number one talisman. Having Davis from the bench for the second half of the season could bode well for Cooper though as he hunts down a top-six place.