Keinan Davis insists he can ‘easily’ secure his second Championship promotion in as many years this season as Watford aim to return to the top-flight at the first time of asking after being relegated from the Premier League last term. The Aston Villa striker spent the second half of last season on loan at Nottingham Forest and his contributions helped lift Steve Cooper’s Reds into the play-offs and out of the Championship. Forest bought 22 players in the summer and spent roughly £150 million, but Davis didn’t get a permanent switch to the City Ground and has instead left Villa on a loan basis once again. But that hasn’t quelled Davis’ appetite to become a regular in the Premier League.
Keinan Davis said: “We can achieve promotion, easily. It’s not been the best of starts, but we’ve played some tough teams and still managed to pick up points despite the performances not being there. The new arrivals like me are now settling in, and we have players like Tom (Cleverley) and Imran (Louza) who will play a massive part when they come back from injury. If we stick together then, yeah, we’ll achieve promotion. When you come in as a striker there’s that pressure to score goals and get one early for the club. Scoring on Saturday took the weight off my shoulders and gave me confidence. When you’ve scored you can’t wait for the next game and another opportunity to do the same.”
Davis was a key figure for Forest last season as Cooper’s men achieved promotion back to the Premier League and he know what makes a successful Championship side having also won promotion with Villa back in 2019.
Keinan Davis added: “For me, the key thing is team spirit. You need to have everyone pulling in the same direction. Last season, every player at Forest, and anyone we signed, they only wanted one thing: to get promoted. It didn’t matter who they were, they wanted promotion. We had players on loan who wanted to show the club they were on loan from that they’re good enough to play in the first team and get promoted. If an academy player came in, they wanted to stay in the first team and get promoted. One of the most important things is any successful team is team spirit and togetherness.”
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