Aston Villa striker Cameron Archer is set to remain at the club this summer despite interest from the Championship, reports Rob Scanlon.
Archer, 20, spent last season playing majorly for Preston North End in the Championship.
Five goal contributions in four U23 games for Villa earned the youngster a loan move to Deepdale where he netted seven and assisted one in 20 second tier games.
The youngster caught the eye of many with his promising performances, often seeing him put high-level defenders on the ropes. Archer’s clinical finishing helped Ryan Lowe’s side obtain a mid-table finish after a poor start to proceedings.
Archer’s promising season meant he travelled with Steven Gerrard’s side on their pre-season tour and at the same time, Championship interest was drumming up.
Teams including Watford, Middlesbrough and Rangers held an early interest with West Brom and Sunderland sniffing around also.
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However, it was his former side Preston North End who were believed to be leading the way.
Unfortunately for the interested sides, recent developments means Archer will stay at Villa this season and help contribute in the Premier League.
Interviewed @AVFCOfficial boss Steven Gerrard for @premierleague recently: “We’ve made a decision with @Cameronarcher_ that he’ll be staying in the door. He will be part of the first team group and he needs to be ready when called upon to contribute to the team” #avfc
— Rob Scanlon (@RobScanlon_TV) August 1, 2022
Every team interested in Archer would’ve seen the benefits had he joined, but now they all must turn their attention to other targets this summer. The window is now in its final month and with the season already underway, teams are desperate to get their squads finalised so they can focus solely on the fixtures that lie ahead.
This is a huge opportunity for Archer to prove his worth on the big stage and if he can hit the ground running, the 20-year-old could well become a household name amongst the Villa fans.
Despite missing out on this one, Preston North End have had a promising summer and they’ve already added striking depth in Troy Parrott so whilst this is a blow, it shouldn’t distract them too much ahead of their outing against Hull City.