Report: Aston Villa running the rule over ex-Millwall ace Jordan Archer

Dean Smith head coach of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on March 16, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

Jordan Archer has been without a club since leaving Championship outfit Millwall in the summer - could Villa give the goalkeeper a Premier League chance?

Jordan Archer of Millwall in action during the Sky Bet League One match between Northampton Town and Millwall at Sixfields Stadium on October 15, 2016 in Northampton, England.

Former Millwall goalkeeper Jordan Archer is training with Premier League outfit Aston Villa as he looks to get his career back on track, as reported by The Mail.

Villa are not exactly suffering from a shortage of goalkeeping options right now. £8 million England international Tom Heaton currently holds the number one shirt but, should he suffer an injury or a suspension, Dean Smith can call upon Norwegian and Croatian internationals in the shape or Orjan Nyland and Lovre Kalinic, not to mention the underrated Jed Steer.

 

So it remains to be seen whether a contract could be on the cards for Archer if he impresses behind the scenes at Villa Park.

The Mail adds that one of Kalinic, Nyland or Steer will likely be sold in January, meaning there could potentially be room for one more shot-stopper in Smith’s squad.

Lovre Kalinic of Aston Villa during the FA Cup Third Round match between Aston Villa and Swansea City at Villa Park on January 5, 2019 in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

Archer, a 26-year-old with a single Scotland cap to his name, has been without a club since his contract at Millwall expired in the summer but the lack of apparent interest in him is a surprise, given that he impressed between the sticks at The Den.

He was named Millwall’s Player of the Season back in 2016 while helping the Londoners reach the FA Cup quarter-finals in two of the last three seasons.

Goalkeeper Jordan Archer of Millwall during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Millwall at St Andrews (stadium) on February 17, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

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