Wesley Moraes certainly made an impact as he continued his rehabilitation during Villa’s pre-season clash with Stoke in the Potteries – but not the impact he was hoping for.
The £22 million Brazilian was sent off after lashing out at Nick Powell as Dean Smith’s side went down 2-0 to their Championship opponents.
But with Aston Villa hoping to ease the burden on star striker Ollie Watkins, you would imagine that Wesley will be let off with a warning, such is his importance to Smith’s plans.
What his long-awaited return means for the future of Davis, however, remains to be seen.
The hard-running 23-year-old started just one Premier League game in 2020/21 and those opportunities should dwindle further if Wesley avoids the sort of injuries that have largely kept him on the sidelines since January last year.
Is Keinan Davis leaving Aston Villa for Stoke City?
The Athletic believe a whole host of Championship clubs are queuing up to secure Davis’s signature, with Stoke City among them.
“He is an Aston Villa player and he came into the action today from the bench,” admitted Potters boss O’Neill.
“I am sure that he is a player who is on the list of a lot of Championship clubs, and we would put ourselves within that category.
“We will just have to wait and see what materialises over the next few weeks.”
Davis has only scored three times in 72 league matches in Aston Villa colours.
You would back the former Non-League prospect to add to that rather meagre tally if he is given a run of games in claret and blue next season, however, provided that Bayer Leverkusen dynamo Leon Bailey joins Jack Grealish and the ethereal Emi Buendia at Villa Park.