Steven Gerrard has dropped a significant hint about Cameron Archers' future at Aston Villa, revealing that the Rangers' target would remain if he had to make the call right now.
On Wednesday, the 20-year-old scored a Villas winner from the bench during a pre-season friendly victory against Brisbane Roar in Australia.
From playing for Solihull Moors in non-league football to scoring a hat-trick on his senior Villa debut, Archer's season has been game-changing.
Everything he appears to be putting into action is becoming a goal, hence several Championship teams and Glasgow giants, Rangers, are keen to bring him aboard this summer.
Following Villas' last pre-season victory, Gerrard praised the club's youngsters, boosting their speed and quality in the final third, according to the Express and Star.
Gerrard believes the group has really come forward. What they are doing is is sending messages to more experienced people that there is a fight on until the game against Bournemouth and beyond, because the window remains open.
They've given me some good ideas to think about, and that's the reason why I'm here.
Cam demonstrated everything that Cam can demonstrate, including movement and skill, and he might have a hat-trick but for a few good blocks. But, again with Cam, if you don't allow me to leave the room and I've got to make a decision now, he'll be staying in the door.
WHAT WILL BE BECOME AN ARCHER IN THE NEXT?
The Villas' youngster is at a critical stage in his development, where the door is open for him to play regular games in Claret & Blue colors or earn regular game time elsewhere.
With six goals for Preston, he demonstrated just what he can do in a short span of time, including an outstanding winner against Blackpool.
If he stays at Villa, those big moments will be something he will get to experience on a regular basis. However, he risks warming the bench and missing out on that.
Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings didnt exactly set the world ablaze last season, but there is a door open for them to go ahead, especially given that Archer has looked better in pre-season.
Villa staying put is probably the best choice because Gerrard likes to play two up top, and there is no point in sending Archer out when he is riding such a wave.