George Boateng hails Dean Smith for Cameron Archer decision

28 Oct 2000:  George Boateng of Aston Villa in action during the FA Carling Premiership match against Charlton Athletic at Villa Park in Birmingham, England.  Aston Villa won the match 2-1....

Aston Villa striker Cameron Archer made his debut last month.

28 Oct 2000:  George Boateng of Aston Villa in action during the FA Carling Premiership match against Charlton Athletic at Villa Park in Birmingham, England.  Aston Villa won the match 2-1....

Aston Villa coach George Boateng has told AVTV that boss Dean Smith deserves praise for giving Cameron Archer a first-team chance.

Villa took on Crewe Alexandra in the Carabao Cup before the international break, and eased to a 6-1 victory at the League Two side.

After seeing striker Keinan Davis score, Villa boss Smith decided to make a late substitution, taking Davis off and bringing on Archer.

 

Archer, 18, is coming up through the club's youth ranks, and has done enough with the club's Under-23's to earn a chance under Smith.

He only played around 10 minutes of action against Crewe, but being given that taste of senior football will be a major boost to the teenage striker.

Archer will hope to get more opportunities this season, and new Villa coach Boateng – who recently returned to the club – has hailed Smith.

Cameron Archer of Aston Villa battles for possession with Akinwale Odimayo of Reading during the Premier League 2 match between Reading U23 and Aston Villa U23 at Adams Park on April 12,...

Boateng feels that it's great to have Smith on the same page in terms of giving young players first-team chances, and praised him for giving Archer the belief that he can become a first-team player.

“Credit to the manager to allow the players to get that pathway,” said Boateng. “Sometimes in various clubs, the academy develop good players, but if the first-team manager doesn’t buy into it, it’s really difficult, so compliment to the gaffer there to allow Cameron the belief that there is a pathway for the young players,” he added.

manager Dean Smith of Aston Villa looks on during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Aston Villa at Selhurst Park on August 31, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

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