Aston Villa academy sides have looked murderous this season as they won the EFL Trophy, stepped up the Carabao Cup and sported their fine form in Premier League 2 (PL2) competition.
Fans have now familiarized themselves with the names of Cameron Archer and Caleb Chukwuemeka and it’s no shock considering their performances. Both featured in the first team and both looked promising during their stay.
Caleb Chukwuemeka has been nominated for PL2 Player of the Month and it’s no shock considering the form he’s in. With five goals in just three games, he’s clearly gifted in front of goal, but it was his passing ability that was at stake. Full display against Burton Albion on Tuesday night.
He had two assists in that game and showed versatility playing on the left wing. He has the pace, power and technical ability to play here or up front and that versatility could be why Villa was so keen to bring him in. If this form continues, he will undoubtedly follow his brother Carney’s path. took to the first team.
Another name that fans know now and seemingly never tire of is Cameron Archer. While many believed Villa’s striking options ended with Louie Barry and Bradley Young in the youth squads, Archer burst onto the scene and his contributions were unforgettable.
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He scored another hat trick against Burton and once again demonstrated his immense finishing ability. With two relentless efforts on his left foot and a neat finish with his right, it’s hard to say which one is his favorite and showing that at such a young age is why Dean Smith loves him so much.
He really claims to start starting Premier League games and has already proven that he can cause problems for top defenders after his goal against Chelsea. For now, although he continues to post, he is a cut above the rest at lower levels and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has even pointed out that Archer is a “Premier League player”.
One player who may not be familiar to Villa fans is Tristan Abldeen-Goodridge. He pulled off a nice finish on a neat pass from Chukwuemeka and assisted two for Archer the rest of the night. It was an impressive performance as he played as the main forward in an Electric Front three for the Under-21s.
Goodridge signed in 2019 from AFC Wimbledon and if Archer becomes a first-team figurehead he will likely see more youth action so this performance holds promise for this team.
These players aren’t just showing off their skills against other youngsters, they are now dismantling senior opponents. This is just another indication of the fantastic work Christian Purslow and the rest of the Villa staff have done to create a successful academy at Aston Villa.
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