By Kevin Phillips

26th Sep, 2021 | 8:00pm

Aston Villa tipped to block 'brilliant' Archer from leaving in January after update - Phillips

Aston Villa will likely block a January loan exit for teenage striker Cameron Archer, according to Kevin Phillips.

The former Claret and Blue, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, expects Dean Smith to hold onto the 19-year-old because of Danny Ings’ and Ollie Watkins’ injury records.

Archer impressed on Wednesday night as Villa were knocked out of the EFL Cup by Chelsea on penalties.

The young striker scored a brilliant header for Dean Smith’s side – his fourth senior goal this season.

According to Birmingham Live (September 23rd), a loan move is “likely” for Archer in the January window.

He is out of contract next summer but a Villa source has revealed that the club are hopeful of an improved contract being agreed before the new year.

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When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his assessment of the striker’s future, Phillips said:

“It was great to see a young kid given an opportunity away at Chelsea and he took it. He could have scored a couple. He looks a very lively and exciting player.

“It is one of those now, do you send him out on loan? He has certainly put himself in the shop window for other clubs who might need a striker in January.

“Game time is going to be difficult with Watkins and Ings there. For his development going out on loan might be a really sensible move.

“I’m not sure if Villa will though because what if Ings and Watkins get injured? They have both had their injury problems and the last thing Dean Smith wants to do is leave himself short.

“I don’t expect him to go out in January. I think they’ll wait until next season.”

In other news, Kieran Maguire has hailed Purslow ‘superb’ after an Aston Villa showdown with the ‘big six’ clubs.