Cameron Archer transfer value to soar amid Aston Villa pre-season setback
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Alan Hutton admits Cameron Archer is going to be hampered by not getting a full pre-season under his belt at Aston Villa this summer.
Archer, 21, was instrumental in England’s success at the Under-21 European Championships this summer, scoring two goals and supplying one assist in five appearances.
However, Archer’s time with the England Under-21s only finished on Saturday (8 July) and it remains to be seen when he’ll return to Bodymoor Heath.
Hutton believes Archer’s stock will have risen in Georgia but is worried that the tournament will have dented his hopes of being able to impress Unai Emery in pre-season training with the Villans.
Speaking to Villa News about Archer’s situation, Hutton said: “Your stock definitely rises, there’s no getting away from that.
“He went there and did well and England have won the competition.
“When you look at the Premier League at the moment, there is a premium to pay for young talent coming through. It’s just part of it and it is what it is. It’s there for us all to see.
“There’s no doubt that it raises that price if he wants to move on – but I think he’ll want a crack at Aston Villa if I’m honest.
“I know Archer’s had opportunities away on loan and done really well.
“This is a big pre-season for him but it’s difficult because he’s just finished that tournament so he needs time to rest. Yes, he’s young but he still needs to recover from a difficult season.
“Pre-season is pivotal moving forward and it’s a chance to impress the manager to show what you’re capable of. He might miss that but hopefully, he’ll get an opportunity because I definitely think he’ll shine.”
Archer played just six times for Aston Villa in the Premier League last season before being sent on loan to Middlesbrough in January.
In the North-East, Walsall-born Archer scored 11 goals and supplied six assists in 20 Championship matches, helping Boro reach the Championship play-off semi-finals.