Nottingham Forest promotion hero Keinan Davis scored his first goal for Watford yesterday.
The Reds took the Aston Villa striker on loan for the second half of the 2021/22 campaign.
Upon his arrival, some fans questioned whether he had the minerals to become an integral part of Steve Cooper’s team.
Davis was unbelievably good though. Imagine the brute strength of Stan Collymore and the dazzling trickery of Michail Antonio all rolled into one.
The 24-year-old helped the Reds win promotion via the play-offs and he scored five goals for the team.
Forest did enquire about signing him permanently but the £15 million valuation ended talks quickly.
Villa left it late in the day to offload him but when Watford came calling, Davis jumped at the chance.
An injury robbed him of an immediate chance to shine but now he looks to be hitting full stride.
Davis capped his first start for the Hornets by being in the right place at the right time during Watford’s 2-2 draw against Sunderland.
Rob Edwards has been tasked with getting Watford back into the Premier League at the first time of asking.
The Hornets moved quickly to sign Davis after Emmanuel Dennis was allowed to make a switch to the City Ground.
Davis scored for Watford and Forest might regret not signing him
Clearly, £15 million isn’t good value for money when it comes to Davis; with Taiwo Awoniyi already netting twice in the Premier League after signing for £17 million from Union Berlin.
Davis is a different option though. His brute strength might have been a useful asset and perhaps he will be missed at the City Ground on certain occasions.
It will be intriguing to see how Davis goes at Watford. The jury is out over whether he can fire 20 goals in a single season and he will hope to prove his doubters wrong.
Forest fans will keep good memories of Davis and they will be left wondering whether not signing will become a big regret by the club.