Cameron Archer quits Aston Villa as BBC Sport pundit unhappy with multi-million development
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Alan Hutton can understand why Aston Villa would include a buy-back clause in a deal that takes Cameron Archer to Sheffield United but he would rather the striker was sent out on loan.
The Blades confirmed on Sunday morning (27 August) that they have completed the signing of the 21-year-old.
Earlier this week (23 August), talkSPORT reported that an £18million fee was agreed between Villa and the Yorkshire club with the Midlanders holding an option to buy back the striker in the future.
Archer spent the second half of last season on loan at Middlesbrough, scoring 11 goals and supplying six assists in 23 appearances for them.
Now, the Blades are hoping that the Walsall-born striker is able to score the goals to keep them in the Premier League.
Hutton is a fan of Archer but he would have preferred a more temporary solution to the youngster’s short-term future.
“At this moment in time, he would have struggled for regular game time at Aston Villa,” Hutton told Villa News.
“You never know what could happen with injuries and stuff but I like that they’re well into allowing him to go out and get experience and then cover themselves with a buy-back clause.
“You’re hearing about this more and more, especially with younger players.
“I rate him. I think he’s an excellent football player but I don’t think he’s ready to play every week for Villa.
“I’d rather see him go out on loan with a view to him coming back, even if it would be in January.
“I still think he’s got a lot to offer.”
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