Date: 23rd September 2021 at 7:40pm
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Wednesday evening was a mixed night for young Aston Villa Academy graduate Cameron Archer. With us facing off against a very experienced Chelsea second string, the 19-year-old striker was given another chance to lead our frontline by head coach Dean Smith and anyone who says he disappointed is being harsh in the extreme.

The youngster more than built on the promise he showed against Barrow in the second round of the EFL Cup, and the only possible disappointment is that he didn’t help himself to another hattrick because the chances were there – but the quality of the opposition was obviously stronger.

He did, however, get himself on the scoresheet to register his fourth goal in only his second senior appearance with us with an absolute bullet of a header as he connected to a Matty Cash cross.

Speaking ahead of the game, Birmingham Mail journalist Ashley Preece was speaking on the
Claret & Blue podcast to discuss Archer’s rise under Smith this year and the clear development he’s made after last year’s spell with Solihull Moors.

“I think his deal is out this summer coming now. He wasn’t tied down to a long-term deal, so Villa were unsure on him, given he’s a couple of years older than (Louie) Barry and (Brad) Young and others. I think he’s taken his chance in the Cup, he looks at real finisher. I see him warming up, he looks a good size now, he’s matured, got a good pace about him. The young lads call him a little Tevez. Dean Smith likes him because he wouldn’t have picked him two years ago at Crewe, so he’s well-liked in that sense, so he deserves a chance, for me.”

Preece went on to say that given we were facing a side with the quality and depth of Chelsea, he expected Archer to get at least half an hour to test himself against a higher calibre of defender, but as we now know, head coach Dean Smith placed his faith in him 100% and he got all 90 minutes under belt.

If anything, Smith’s faith extended to not naming a senior striker on the bench so the message to Archer was ‘see what you can do for 45, then I expect more after the break’ and if that was the message, that can only have done wonders for his confidence.

Preece continued.

“I think Villa turned away countless offers for him on deadline day, so they think highly of him and it’s up to him now to take his chance. I mean, from what I’ve been told, he’s been really impressive in training, he scored a hat-trick in behind-closed-doors games as well so yeah, good finisher as we’ve seen at Barrow, real fox-in-the-box finisher.”

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