Aston Villa have certainly not had the best of seasons so far and within that campaign several players have failed to live up to the pre-season expectations of them. On the other hand others have exceeded such expectations one of which is Austrian forward Andreas Weimann.
The 21-year-old has scored nine goals in 25 appearances this season and has finally started to make an impact at Villa Park; being one of the most impressive players in the team this season.
He can play out wide or up front and is lighting fast with a keen eye for goal; if we can all banish the memory of that miss against West Ham from our memory quickly. Certainly his performances have been better this season than what you would expect and have compensated for the off-form of Gabriel Agbonlahor, Darren Bent and Charles N’Zogbia.
If Villa are going to stay up it will be in no small part to how the Austrian performs for the rest of the season; and that may be more important than we think for his future at the club.
The striker signed a new deal with the club in 2011 but that runs until the summer of 2014 and as we have discovered recently entering the final year of your contract can essentially be as good as being a free agent in professional football.
At the end of January it was made apparent that Villa were entering contract discussions with the player to extend his current deal. However Weimann would be wise to wait until the end of the season and see just where Paul Lambert’s side end up.
He is far too talented to be playing in the Championship and you could certainly see many of the Premier League teams taking a vested interest in his potential services.
He certainly won’t be alone in seeking a move away from the club if Villa are to be relegated at the end of the season; the obvious example being Christian Benteke but he is certainly one of the players they would not want to lose on the cheap.
Certainly if Villa were to secure Premier League football securing Weimann to a long-term deal will be one of their main priorities but even then he may decide his future lies elsewhere.
Wherever his future lies the Austrian has a bright future in the Premier League; Villa fans just hope that it will be at Villa Park for more reasons than one.
What have you made of Weimann this season?
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