Aston Villa set to block Archer’s exit after reported update


Aston Villa will likely block a January loan release for teenage striker Cameron Archer, according to Kevin Phillips.

The old Bordeaux et Bleu, aimed exclusively at Football initiate, expects Dean Smith to keep the 19-year-old due to injury records from Danny Ings and Ollie Watkins.

Archer impressed on Wednesday night as Villa was knocked out of the EFL Cup by Chelsea on penalties.

The young forward scored a brilliant header for Dean Smith’s side – his fourth senior goal this season.

According to Birmingham Live (September 23), a loan transfer is “likely” for Archer in the January window.

He is out of contract next summer, but a Villa source has revealed that the club are hopeful that an improved contract will be reached before the new year.

Asked by Football initiate‘s Dylan Childs for his assessment of the forward’s future, Phillips said:

“It was great to see a young boy given an opportunity at Chelsea and he took it. He could have scored a couple. He looks like a very lively and exciting player.

“He’s one of those now, are you sending him on loan?” He has certainly put himself in a showcase for other clubs who may need a striker in January.

“The playing time is going to be tough with Watkins and Ings out there. For his development, the loan could be a very smart move.

“I don’t know if Villa will do it, because what if Ings and Watkins get injured?” They’ve both had their injury issues and the last thing Dean Smith wants to do is just hang out.

“I don’t expect it to be released in January. I think they will wait until next season.

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