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Aston Villa: Steven Gerrard must unleash Cameron Archer after signing a new contract

Young Aston Villa striker Cameron Archer signed a new contract at Villa Park this week, keeping the 20-year-old at his boyhood club until 2025 who has stated that he now wants to “kick on”.

Archer has largely impressed when given opportunities in the first team this season, scoring a hat-trick against League Two side Barrow in the Carabao Cup as well as equalising against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the following round.

Furthermore, the striker has been used by Villa’s U21s in the EFL Trophy, scoring six goals in three games, including another hat-trick against League One Burton Albion.

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Upon signing the contract, Archer said: “I’m absolutely delighted.

“It’s been a long time coming but I’ve finally put pen to paper and I’m happy to be spending the next few years here.”

Labelled “sensational” after his three goals against Burton, the £270k-rated striker has certainly caught the eye of those at Villa, with previous head coach Dean Smith providing the 20-year-old with cameos in the Premier League against Manchester United, Tottenham and Southampton.

It’s those little outings that earned him praise from former assistant head coach Craig Shakespeare. He said: “We went on a pre-season training camp and he came down and did really well – caught everyone’s eye with his enthusiasm and goal-scoring ability.”

However, Gerrard is yet to include Archer in one of his squads since taking over from Smith last month, but the 20-year-old could be close to a run in the first-team with the Villans set to play seven games within the space of a month across the festive period.

You would certainly argue that both Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings are well above Archer in the pecking order with four and three goals scored in the Premier League respectively.

However, Ings has only just returned from a short spell on the sidelines and has been prone to injury before, potentially paving a way into a matchday squad at the very least for the Englishman in the near future.

Archer has already made an impression on the Villa faithful with fans responding to the news with comments such as, “what a frighteningly brilliant young player” and “great business.”

He’s certainly one to watch out for and someone that should be unleashed in the very near future.

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