Steven Gerrard confirms Cameron Archer transfer stance after PNE approach to Aston Villa
Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard has dealt a blow to Preston North End’s hopes of bringing Cameron Archer back to the club next season.
The striker is on loan at Deepdale and has scored six goals in 12 starts for the Lilywhites, including the winner against Blackpool in midweek. North End boss Ryan Lowe was in touch with the Villa chief this week to discuss the prospect of the 20-year-old returning to Lancashire next season.
But, Villa want to assess the prospect in pre-season and at the moment have no plans to loan him out again in 2022/23. Gerrard believes Archer’s price is already high and knows he also needs more competition at Villa next year.
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“Ryan (Lowe) phoned me two days ago and asked me to come back next season,” Gerrard said, speaking to our colleagues at Birmingham Live. “I told him to tell Peter Ridsdale to get his zeros out if he wanted him full time! I also said he wouldn’t be available for a loan, because the idea of the loan is to give him some the experience to bring him back into the squad and have a positive pre-season.
“I want more forward options in the No.9 position, if you want, so we’ll analyze Cam in pre-season and make the decision from there. He’s a big, bright prospect here. Ryan did a good job with him, Preston gave him a really good opportunity, to be fair, but everyone wants Cam Archer and everyone wants Keinan Davis (on loan at Nottingham Forest)! ‘money.”
Lowe and Gerrard are friends and the North End boss used his connections to bring in Archer in January. He has been a hit since his arrival and impressed at the top. Earlier this week, Lowe said he thought Archer would benefit from another year at Deepdale, even though he knows the striker is heading for the top.
“I followed his progress when he was at Solihull Moors and then obviously when Stevie got the job (at Villa) I was chasing him, but he was in their sights, on their bench, playing and scoring in the cup matches,” Lowe said.
“I always thought we could get something out of him and we needed someone like that. He’s learning every day and staying out every day for training sessions. He’s a fantastic kid with who to work with, he’s a fantastic talent and he’s going to keep going.
“And look, I don’t know, we’ll try to get him back next season, if Villa sign some big hitters and so on. Because I think if he has another year with us in his development, he’ll be fantastic. But he listened to me and all the coaching staff – they deserve a lot of credit.”