By Noel Whelan

12th Oct, 2021 | 7:00pm

Aston Villa told to sanction Archer exit as January transfer 'likely' - Whelan

Noel Whelan has insisted Aston Villa should let Cameron Archer pursue a “different challenge” in the form of a loan move to an EFL club.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 19-year-old has outgrown age-group football, and can “handle the demands” of senior games.

Archer impressed yet again last week, scoring a hat-trick as Aston Villa U21’s beat Burton Albion 4-2 in the EFL Trophy.

He has scored 10 goals in eight appearances across both age group and senior games this season – including an EFL Cup goal against Chelsea last month.

On September 23rd, Birmingham Live reported that a loan move is “likely” for the young striker in the January window.

Whelan suggested “natural goalscorer” Archer was ready to make the “step up” after his staggering performances this term.

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“He’s a smashing player,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“All the goals we’ve seen him score have been taken really well. Very cultured, very controlled, he knows exactly what he wants to do with each finish.

“He seems like a natural goalscorer from any area – in or outside the box.

“I think he’s a player who needs to make the step up in his career – for the benefit or him and Villa.

“He’s got to that stage now where under 23’s football just isn’t enough.

“You can see that he can handle the demands of playing against senior sides.

“Now is the right time to give him a different challenge and let him find his feet in order to progress his career so he can come back to Villa a better player.”

Archer has made Premier League cameos against Manchester United and Tottenham this season.

His Aston Villa contract expires next summer.

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