Aston Villa Academy graduate Cameron Archer is seeing his real breakthrough season go from strength to strength. Having impressed former gaffer Dean Smith with his efforts over pre-season, the 19-year-old striker became a regular on the bench, and having started both of our EFL Cup games, he earned himself three Premier League substitute showings.
Six goals in three games. 🏹
Congratulations, @CameronArcher_! 👏
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) November 26, 2021
With Archer finding the net four times as that Cup run came to an unfortunate end, he has also seriously impressed in our Under 21 outings in the EFL Trophy, where three appearances against League One and Two level professionals has also seen him return six goals.
Although he’s yet to feature again on the bench following the arrival of new head coach Steven Gerrard, it should only be a matter of time before we see a bit more of him again, as Gerrard is assessing the squad but ultimately focused on improving our results.
With all eyes on the new gaffer doing just that this weekend as he made it back to back wins with Saturday’s victory over Crystal Palace, Archer has done himself no harm at all when it comes to reminding Gerrard he’s still in the building, as shortly ahead of the Palace game, he was handed the EFL Trophy Player of the Round award for his Group stage performances.
As mentioned above, Archer found the net in all three group games to take us through to the next stage – a single effort against Wycombe Wanderers as we registered our first win in the tournament, a hattrick against Burton Albion and then a brace against MK Dons.
Long may his form continue as you’d imagine he’s a nailed on starter for Mark Delaney’s side when we now travel to Charlton Athletic on Tuesday for the Round of 32 clash.
Now, just please get the contract signed.