Aston Villa have confirmed that Cameron Archer has signed a new five-year contract with the club, and will be part of Steven Gerrard’s squad this season.
The 20-year-old has enjoyed a stunning 12 months or so, from scoring a hat-trick in the Carabao Cup last season to a productive loan spell at Preston North End.
That saw him play a key role for England U21s over the summer, and now he’ll look to kick on and impress in a Villa shirt this year having committed his long-term future to the club.
As per the club’s statement, they have confirmed that he has put pen to paper on a five-year deal which shows the level of faith in him from the club and his desire to shine at Villa, while it’s specifically added that he’ll play an important role for Gerrard this season, thus ruling out another loan exit.
Given the way he has continued to perform, more recently during our pre-season schedule, the talented youngster has shown that he can push the likes of Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings for a place in the side this year given his goalscoring instincts and his movement off the ball to create dangerous openings.
While the pressure will still be on him to produce when given a chance to impress this season as he’ll be down the pecking order to begin, he’ll be relishing that challenge no doubt and will also look to learn as much as possible from his more experienced Villa teammates in training to continue to develop his all-round game.
Time will tell if this means that Villa will not be looking for another striker in this transfer window as that gives us three options up top, but for now, it’s a huge boost for all concerned and great news that Archer has committed his future to us and we’ll hopefully see him shine this season.