Cameron Archer looks set for a key role at Aston Villa after signing a new five-year-deal at the Premier League side.
Archer was hugely impressive in his loan spell at Preston North End last season, and fans had hoped he would return for another temporary move for this campaign as well.
His form and goal scoring prowess at Deepdale didn’t go unnoticed though and Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard hasn’t wasted any time in tying him down for the long term future.
Even if the club were willing to let him out on loan again, there would have been many suitors for him, and Preston may not have been the most favourable option for the club or player.
Archer did well on Villa’s pre-season tour in Australia and it looks as if no more loans will be needed, and he could have a big impact in the top flight this season.
Gerrard has confirmed he has a part to play and with Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings having average seasons last time round, Archer could find himself given a few chances early on if they find goals hard to come by.
If he does get an early run in the side, an England call-up wouldn’t be completely out of the question either. With Harry Kane the country’s number one striker and probably Tammy Abraham second after a good season at Roma, there aren’t too many others knocking on the door after some decent form, so there may be a couple of places in the World Cup squad up for grabs.
Archer is clearly a natural finisher, in the mould of Jermaine Defoe and Preston fans were delighted at his impact last season. His seven goals including the memorable winner against Blackpool will be remembered fondly, and North End fans will be keeping a keen eye on his career from now on. This lad can really go far in the game, and I do hope he gets the chance he deserves at Aston Villa.
The 20-year-old doesn’t need too many chances before finding the back of the net so at first he may be an ideal substitute for The Villans, and their fans are already looking forward to seeing more of him. Archer has already scored a hat-trick for the club against Barrow in the Carabao Cup last season, and I doubt it will be his last for them.
Archer looked back on his time at Preston with fondness after signing this new deal he said “As a striker, you want to just score goals, that’s what you’re on the pitch for and it gives me a lot of confidence. When I watch the goals back as well, it gives me confidence to go out and do it again.”