Gerrard is willing to hang onto Archer despite interest from Albion
West Brom is interested in Cameron Archer, thus Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard is debating whether or not to allow him to go out on another loan deal.
Steven Gerrard would retain the young player in his team right now if he had to decide on the spot whether Aston Villa striker Cameron Archer would stay at the club through the summer transfer deadline.
Marksman Archer is attracting interest from a number of Championship teams, including West Bromwich Albion. He excelled during a half-season-long loan at Preston North End, scoring seven goals in 19 appearances.
The 20-year-old added to those goals by scoring in three straight matches for the England under 21s in June, as well as in summer friendly against Brisbane Roar and Walsall. He has, in essence, had an incredible breakout season.
Given that he has access to Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings from the first team, Gerrard could have made the decision to grant Archer a third loan stint of his career early in the window, but the striker is instead playing the waiting game due to his recent goal-scoring prowess.
Gerrard would really be tempted to keep onto Archer if forced to make a decision straight away, but a firm choice won’t be made until after the issue has been reevaluated.
After the 1-0 victory over the Roar, Gerrard commented, “Cam showed everything that Cam’s about, movement, quality, might have had a hat-trick but for a couple brilliant blocks.” Cam would be staying in the door if I had to decide right now, if you wouldn’t allow me leave the room.