By Nnamdi Onyeagwara

20th Jul, 2022 | 6:02pm

Cameron Archer wants to stay at Aston Villa to fight for place

Aston Villa starlet Cameron Archer has revealed that he would opt against a loan and try to fight for a place this season.

The 20-year-old spent the end of last season on loan at Preston and has been linked with another loan move away from the club this summer.

However, the striker would prefer to stay at Villa Park and fight for his place.

In an interview with Villa TV, Archer said: “Gerrard said at the start that he’ll let me know whether I’ll go out on loan or not at the end of the Australia tour, so I’m going to try my best to impress him.

“Obviously I would prefer to play here but if I need to go out on loan to play games because that’s what young players need, we’ll see.”

Loan in the pipeline for Archer?

The 18-year-old had a successful loan spell at Preston North End last season, joining the Championship club in January 2022 until the end of the season.

He scored seven goals in 20 games at Deepdale and provided one assist.

The striker, who was born in Walsall, was prolific at the youth level, scoring 19 goals in 53 games for Aston Villa’s various youth teams.

The youngster has also made six first-team appearances, scoring four goals for the club all in the league cup, hitting a hat-trick in his first-team debut against Barrow in August 2021.

With Danny Ings failing to set the world alight, a spot in Steven Gerrard’s attack could open up for Archer and it is easy to see why he fancies his chances in the first-team.

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