'What a future': Ian Taylor says one Aston Villa player had him 'beaming with pride' yesterday

Aston Villa icon Ian Taylor has waxed lyrical about the Villans‘ display in the League Cup yesterday.

Dean Smith made widescale changes to his starting XI as they played away at Barrow in the second round.

And the young Villa side delivered a superb display as they ran out 6-0 winners at Holker Street.

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Cameron Archer got the ball rolling when he broke the deadlock in the 10th minute.

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Anwar El Ghazi then netted a penalty in the 24th minute and added his second on the stroke of half time.

Villa were relentless after the break too as Archer got his hat-trick and the match ball.

The 19-year-old scored twice more, either side of Frederic Guilbert’s 75th-minute effort.

Taylor loved what he saw from Villa on the night and singled Archer out for praise on Twitter.

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Born in Walsall on 9 December 2001, Archer joined the Villa ranks aged six.

He broke into the Under-23 side at the age of 16 and has been a regular ever since.

As per the Villa website, Archer “is a lively attacker who brings pace and creativity to any team.”

He made his Villa debut in 2019-20, against Crewe in the League Cup.

In October 2020, Archer went on loan to Solihull Moors, initially until January.

The young striker saw his loan extended, and he finished the season with 27 appearances, four goals and an assist.

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Archer “caught everyone’s eye” – Craig Shakespeare

“We went on a pre-season training camp and he came down and did really well,” the Villa assistant manager told the club’s media team at full time.

“Caught everyone’s eye with his enthusiasm and goalscoring ability.

“We talked about the development of young players and he got the opportunity tonight, and boy did he take it.

“I’m so pleased for him, as I was with the team overall. For him to get his hat-trick, it’s great for him.”

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