Nottingham Forest will be looking to guarantee a spot in the play-offs by securing positive results in their upcoming fixtures in the Championship.
Currently five points clear of the chasing pack in the second-tier standings, the Reds will enter their clash with Peterborough United this weekend brimming with confidence following their 4-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion on Monday.
Whereas Brennan Johnson and Sam Surridge both featured in this aforementioned fixture, Keinan Davis was a notable absentee from Forest’s squad.
Head coach Steve Cooper recently revealed that the forward is set to miss the remainder of the regular season after suffering a hamstring injury in the club’s 1-0 defeat to Luton Town.
A report from Football Insider today has suggested that Forest will try to secure the services of Davis on a full-time basis this summer after signing him on loan from Aston Villa earlier this year.
Here, using data gathered from SofaScore, we have decided to take a closer look at Davis’ stats this season and assess whether the Reds should pursue a permanent deal for him in the upcoming transfer window…
Since joining Forest in January, Davis has produced some incredibly encouraging performances for the club in the Championship.
Before sustaining his season-ending injury, the forward managed to score a respectable total of five goals in 15 league appearances.
Certainly not afraid to test out opposition goalkeepers, Davis has averaged 1.9 shots per game in the second-tier.
Whereas it could be argued that the 24-year-old needs to become more clinical in front of goal due to the fact that he has missed three big chances for Forest at this level, he has clearly made significant strides in terms of his development under the guidance of Cooper.
During these aforementioned fixtures, Davis has shown some creativity as he has created six big chances for his team-mates.
Two of these passes were converted into goals as Davis registered assists against Reading and Birmingham City.
In terms of his ability to retain possession, the forward has recorded a pass success rate of 79% in the second-tier this season.
Considering that Cooper wants all of his players to be confident when they have the ball at their feet, Davis may need to work on this facet of his game when he returns to full fitness.
Davis has also shown a willingness to take on opposition defenders during his time at Forest as he has completed 2.5 successful dribbles per game.
Whereas the forward may not necessarily have a bright future ahead of him at Villa due to the presence of Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings, there is no reason why he cannot go on to excel in a Forest shirt if the Championship opt to purchase him.
Regardless of whether they achieve promotion to the Premier League, the Reds ought to pursue a permanent deal for Davis as he clearly has the potential to become a classy operator if he receives the right guidance.