View: Four Aston Villa loan players for Unai Emery to consider
Aston Villa are getting set to face Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday as Unai Emery looks to prevent four Premier League defeats on the spin.
Although the Villans have put some distance between themselves and the bottom three, a continuation of their recent poor form will seem them sucked back into the equation. Despite the recent run of defeats, performances have been good and if they continue to hit the same levels, they will enjoy a stress-free end to the season.
The Spaniard will be eager to secure Villa’s Premier League fate as soon as possible, which will allow him to experiment and get his side in the best shape possible for the 2023/24 season. He may even start taking fleeting glances at some of Villa’s loan players, and here Villa News provides a round-up on the Villans’ youngsters.
Archer has once again shown that he is above the Championship. His loan spell at Middlesbrough started off slowly, but the youngster has grown into his role at the Riverside and has now amassed three goals and two assists for Michael Carrick’s side.
The goals were always going to flow for the youngster and his latest hot streak will provide further evidence to Emery that he is destined to be playing in Villa’s first team in the coming seasons.
The QPR loanee enjoyed a promising start to the campaign under Michael Beale but has been part of a QPR side which has fallen off the pace dramatically under Neil Critchley. The former Aston Villa assistant has since been relieved of his duties at Loftus Road and replaced by Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth.
The 19-year-old has been a constant feature for the Rs in the 2023/24 season and will be looking to retain his place under the new management. He has started in the West London club’s last two defeats, so it will be interesting to see if he retains his place under Ainsworth.
This season has been a learning curve and a brilliant experience for his development.
One-time teenage sensation Louis Barry has endured a tough couple of years. From being tipped as the next big thing and securing a move to Barcelona, to now finding himself on loan at Salford City. He has yet to score for the League Two side and only netted once for MK Dons in the first half of the season.
The next couple of months could well be career-defining for the forward.
Behind Archer, the Plymouth Argyle loanee has been the standout performer. Seven goals and seven assists has displayed his immense attacking versatility and he’s a player Emery will be keeping a keen eye on.
However, he is recovering from an ankle injury and has started to recover some of his brilliant early season form for the Pilgrims, with his latest goal coming in the 3-1 win over Portsmouth at Home Park.
In other Aston Villa news, the club want to reunite with a former player for a fee in excess of £40million in the summer.