Time for Weimann to be given a start
I was going to put a question mark after the headline of this post, but I want the player to be given a chance so decided to make it a statement.
Once again we’re tacking the same kind of questions after another Villa defeat, with the lack of goals continuing to be an almighty worry. After the blank at Fulham, that’s now six goals in eight league games, which is simply put, an atrocious record. After we’d signed a couple of strikers in the transfer window, I was excited by the number of options it looked like we might have. Bent to finish, Benteke to offer a more physical threat and strength in the air, Gabby with his pace and work ethic, and Weimann as an all rounder. Not to mention Bowery in reserve who has impressed a few to date. Sadly it hasn’t materialised yet as we all would have liked.
Bent isn’t getting the chances, and not winning people over with his perceived lack of effort. Benteke on the other hand seems to be getting all of our clear cut chances, and is simply not putting them away. Gabby can run and run, but his lack of goals is a serious concern, and Weimann has rather harshly been left out in recent times. The following tweet (from AVFC Stats) shows how many shots our strikers are getting in every league game:
‘League minutes per shot of #AVFC strikers (total shots): Benteke 16.7 (16), Weimann 22.9 (8), Bent 31.7 (18), Agbonlahor 53 (6)’
As you can see, Benteke is getting into the right positions, but sadly his final shot has let him down a number of times….he could easily have five or six goals so far this season. Bent has the most shots, but they’re not coming as often as any of us would like. Agbonlahor’s stats are a concern, and while he has a number of positive attributes, he simply needs to start scoring more goals. Weimann has a respectable amount considering the time he has played, and the two games he started this season (Newcastle away and Swansea at home) were arguably our two best displays of the season (league cup excluded).
Going forward I think things need to change. I wouldn’t be opposed to seeing three of the main four strikers used, with Agbonlahor used in a wide position. Things aren’t clicking at the moment for whatever reason, but I think Weimann has the talent to do well in Lambert’s system.