Aston Villa latest news: Teenage academy sensation is already finishing like Danny Ings


Journalist Luke Hatfield has compared Cameron Archer’s finishing to that of Danny Ings.

The 19-year-old, who was left on the bench against Wolves on Saturday, has been in blistering form across all age groups this season, scoring 10 times in just 514 minutes of football.

What’s the latest news with Archer?

Having been on loan in the National League last season and not exactly flourishing at that level, not even the most optimistic Aston Villa fan would have envisaged Archer making the type of start to the season he has.

Two years after making his first-team debut and only appearance to date, Archer was given another chance to showcase his talent in the Carabao Cup second round tie at Barrow.



And the teenager did more than showcase his talent, he produced three excellent finishes to help Dean Smith’s side cruise into the next round.

That treble appears to have given Archer the confidence to continue thriving in front of goal. He went on to equalise against Chelsea in the next round and whilst Villa were knocked out on penalties, it was a huge moment for the youngster to score against such opposition.

Archer has since made his Premier League debut and even though he’s now a regular part of the first-team setup, it hasn’t stopped him from turning out in the EFL Trophy.

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And in just two appearances in the competition this season, he’s already scored four goals, including a wonderful hat-trick against Burton recently.

Two of his three goals at the Pirelli Stadium were from outside the box and Hatfield said that those particular finishes reminded him of Ings.

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What did Hatfield say?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “You don’t want to stick a name to such a young player, they’re only young and you don’t want to pile pressure on them.

“But looking at someone like Danny Ings the finishes that he’s renowned for. I didn’t think they were too dissimilar. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s picked it up from him in training, albeit he’s only been training with them for a few months.

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“Finishes like that, if they were coming from Danny Ings, you wouldn’t think twice about it, it would be an expectation. They were pretty similar to what Danny’s capable of.”

When might Archer start a Premier League game?

Despite being Villa’s top goalscorer across all first-team matches this season, Archer has still got a long way to go before he’s in serious contention to be starting in the Premier League.

Not only does Archer have almost no experience at this level, but he’s behind two top strikers in Ings and Ollie Watkins in the pecking order.

Smith is clearly already a huge fan of Archer, epitomised by the fact he trusted him to start against Chelsea in the cup, but the league is completely different and therefore the 19-year-old will have to remain patient and make the most of his chances from the bench and in other competitive matches.

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