Aston Villa had a very busy January transfer window in terms of bringing players into the club such as Philippe Coutinho, Robin Olsen, Calum Chambers and Lucas Digne as well as moving some of their current players out and away from Villa Park.
Several players ended up moving away from the Midlands club on loan deals such as Wesley, Matt Targett, Anwar El Ghazi and Trezeguet.
One other player that packed his bags and left the Villans on a temporary basis was young striker Cameron Archer, who joined Championship club Preston North End on loan until the end of the season.
Since arriving at Deepdale, the striker has managed to score four goals in eight Championship appearances, the last four of which have seen him complete the full 90 minutes, showing how much of an important figure he’s made himself for the side in such a short space of time and why it may have actually been a mistake to let him go elsewhere. After all, those attacking talents would go down rather nicely for Gerrard right now.
His performances in those eight appearances have earned the youngster an overall rating of 6.78/10 from WhoScored, making him the sixth-highest rated player currently in Preston’s squad.
Labelled as a “bullish” player that has an “abundance of talent” by Ryan Lowe, Archer has shown Gerrard that he may have made a mistake in letting the striker leave Villa Park last month instead of keeping him in the squad and utilising his talents in the Premier League.
Taking into account how current Villa strikers Ollie Watkins hasn’t managed to score a goal in the league since December in their 2-0 win over Norwich City and Danny Ings has failed to find the back of the net in any of his four previous league appearances, this suggests that Archer’s knack for scoring goals could be rather useful for the Villans at this stage of the season.
Moving forward, if the Villa academy graduate can end his loan spell with the Lancashire club on a high note with some more goals to his name, he will have definitely put himself in the frame to finally become a regular senior figure for his parent club next season if their goalscoring fortunes don’t change.