Aston Villa may have to sell two of their senior forwards in order for the impressive young Cameron Archer to progress according to Kevin Phillips.
The former Sunderland and Villa Phillips forward has urged the Midlands club to help Archer progress by shipping on two of their other front row options.
First choice front pair Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings are safe as the players in question are Brazilian Wesley Moraes and underprivileged Keinan Davis.
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Wesley was a big dime in 2019, but it never really worked out for him. A serious knee injury early in his career at Villa Park set him back and he now finds himself on loan at Club Brugge in Belgium.
Davis, meanwhile, remains at the club but has yet to play a minute this season due to injury.
Archer burst onto the Carabao Cup scene earlier this year and scored four goals in just two appearances in the competition. Now Phillips, who saw the youngster score a hat-trick for Under-23 clubs last week, believes he should be promoted to the first team for good.
Talk to Football Insider, Phillips revealed: âLooking at Archer’s progress and form, you should say Davis and Wesley might have to leave if they want to play football. It’s still football.
” This is what you want. You want your young players to step up and Archer did. He tried his luck with both hands.
âThese young children are full of confidence these days. It’s great to see. Archer is a confident player who believes in his own abilities.
âIn my opinion, he passed Davis and Wesley. I would place him third behind Watkins and Ings.
âIf you don’t keep improving and performing, someone will take your place. It has certainly been the case with these players.
Somewhere else, Villa plans to move in January for Stoke City defender Harry Souttar amid his impressive performances this season, according to Football Insider.
The 22-year-old went through Dundee United academy before signing for Stoke City in 2016.
After an impressive loan spell at Fleetwood Town, the League One team, Souttar established himself as a regular at Stoke last year.