Andreas Weimann has broken into the first team frame over the 2011/2012 season at Villa Park. How much do you know about the talented young Austrian?
Andreas Weimann came through the academy at Rapid Vienna, his home club and one he still supports now. In 2009 Weimann was given his chance at Aston Villa, and stepped into the boots of Nathan Delfouneso, impressing for the reserves and earning himself a new contract with the Villains. He went on to impress for Villa in friendly tournaments such as the Hong Kong Soccer Sevens and the Peace Cup, and showed signs of breaking into the team as then manager Martin O’Neill named Andreas in his provisional squad for a match, though he was not named in the 18 come match day. However he eventually did break into the team with substitute appearances against West Ham and then former club Rapid Vienna in Europe.
In 2011 Weimann spent two spells out on loan to Championship club Watford, scoring 4 goals in 18 games. His form on loan earned him a recall to the Villa fray, he was recalled during an injury crisis at the club and he has often been named substitute since.
On March 10th, Weimann notched his first Villa goal having come on as substitute for Charles N’Zogbia. His 92nd minute winner against Fulham gave us a glimpse of what this young lad is capable of, and continued to make his case for a starting berth in the team.
At International level, Andreas has shown his immense potential, representing Austria at almost every schoolboy level and averaging almost a goal every two games. No mean feat. Weimann played in all of Austria’s games at the U19 European championships and will surely one day get the chance to prove his worth in his full National team.
Watch out for this kid, he’s showing bags of potential at a tough time for Aston Villa and I’m sure he’ll go on to be a big player for the club.