Middlesbrough manager Michael Carrick says he is excited about what Cameron Archer can bring to the table after his arrival from Aston Villa.
The striker officially made the switch to the Riverside Stadium on Friday before coming on as a substitute in the 5-1 defeat to Brighton in the FA Cup at the weekend. Asked about what Archer could offer Boro, Carrick replied:
“It’s our job to help develop him as a player. He’ll bring us something a little bit different. I think we’ve got good options and our attacking play has been really good in the league. There’s a good variety of play and Cam is here to add to that.., He’s a terrific young player and he can play off his left foot or his right foot. He can score headers, he’s energetic and got a change of pace. I’m really looking forward to working with him.”
With Chuba Akpom firing in the goals for the Teessiders, having someone like Archer also available will greatly increase the chances of Carrick‘s team securing a playoff spot.
Since taking over the reins in October, the Manchester United legend has overseen a remarkable revival, having won eight of his twelve matches in charge. His side now find themselves fifth in the Championship table.
Archer, who scored seven times in 20 appearances during a loan spell at Preston North End last campaign, will also be keen to make a good impression, having spent the majority of this season sat on Villa’s bench.