Aston Villa: 'Perfect time' for Cameron Archer promotion to first team under Unai Emery
Aston Villa striker Cameron Archer is ready for more Premier League minutes next season after great loan and international success, according to Ty Bracey.
Archer recently lifted the Under-21 European Championship cup with England and has enjoyed successful loan spells in the Championship with Preston North End and Middlesbrough while making first-team Villa appearances throughout the last two seasons.
Ollie Watkins is the club’s main striker and that does not look like changing before the window closes. But with such a high-potential asset like Archer, it could only be a matter of time before he plays a bigger role under Unai Emery.
Bracey has backed Archer to make a difference for Villa off the back of an 11-goal haul in 20 appearances for Michael Carrick’s Middlesborough, while other young Villa forwards make their way through the ranks.
Speaking exclusively to Villa News, Bracey said: “We signed Jhon Durán from Chicago Fire and I think he was more one for the future. Very young and he’s got a lot to learn. But I think he’s got the right coach behind him to learn.
“Cameron Archer has most definitely shone at the under-21 Euros, he had a great spell at Middlesborough and Preston. We need that homegrown quota as well, so it’s a perfect time for Archer to stay on the books and I think he’s ready.
“Do I think he’ll start over Watkins every week? No. But I think it’s time we see some Premier League minutes from him, absolutely.“
Archer has proven himself to be a quality goalscorer and has the mentality at just 21 years old to give Premier League football a real go next season. Under the guise of a manager like Emery, Cameron could develop into much-needed striker coverage at Villa Park next season.