Preston North End believe Aston Villa striker would benefit from another Deepdale loan

Aston Villa striker Archer spent the second half of the season at Deepdale and scored seven goals, his winner against Blackpool in April securing hero status with the faithful.

PNE have asked Villa about his return for the 2022/23 campaign but may have to wait until pre-season for an answer as the Premier League club assess their options.

A year ago they were in a similar situation with Van den Berg and Iversen having just completed their first loan spells.

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Cameron Archer during his loan spell with Preston North End

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North End managed to persuade Liverpool and Leicester respectively to let them return and they thrived for a full season on loan.

It’s that kind of longer-term view that PNE manager Peter Ridsdale hopes Villa will take with 20-year-old Archer.

Ridsdale told the Lancashire Post: “The loan market is tough, with the top players you have half a dozen of your competitors wanting the same.

Cameron Archer celebrates Preston North End winner’s goal against Blackpool at Deepdale

“We’ve done really well with the loans. I still think having someone for six months is good, it’s the next 12 months that really works.

“For example, Sepp van den Berg would agree that his first six months with us was all about settling in, then last year he was outstanding.

“If someone who has been with us for six months wants to come back for a year, we will definitely welcome them with open arms.

“This summer we will use a balance between the loan market and permanent agreements, we have an opportunity.”

The loan market has worked quite well for North End in recent years with more hits than misses.

Archer, Van den Berg and Iversen have been strong in the season just ended but Josh Murphy’s loan spell from Cardiff City hasn’t worked out.

Ridsdale said: “We were very lucky to have three particularly successful players on loan.

“We had more players on loan, but those three swept the board when the trophy was handed over after the last game.

“We should be credited for having them in the first place rather than being criticized for not being able to keep them.”

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