What to do with Andi Weimann?
Andreas Weimann has been speaking, and has made it clear that he wants to stay a part of the first team set-up at Villa Park, with the ultimate aim of earning a full international cap for his native Austria. He’s performed well for the under 21′s previously, and scored in their latest match against Scotland. I also remember his wonder goal against the same opposition ironically enough, which shows exactly what the striker is capable of (first goal in the clip):
Here is what the player had to say, in a piece that appeared in the Birmingham Mail:
“It’s more important to play for your club first because if I play well for my club I will get the call up for the national team,”
“If I’m not playing here I’m not going to play for the national team. If I can play international football it can definitely help to improve my game and hopefully I can do that. It’s something I’d love to be involved in.”
Now regular visitors to this fair blog will know I’m a big fan of Weimann, and have been for a while. Some of our much hyped youngsters flatter to deceive, but I think Andi has as good a chance of any of this group of making it at Villa Park. He’s already scored some crucial goals in his Villa career, and that goal against Fulham was one of the highlights of a pretty diabolical season. His goal against Stoke, which I believe was voted Villa goal of the season, like the goal above shows the quality he clearly possesses.
At the moment we have five main strikers at the club, and they are Darren Bent, Agbonlahor, Benteke, Bowery and Weimann. Gabby has just come out today and said he wants to play centrally and expects to fight for his place. I agree that he should be played up top and in the middle, because I think he does most of his damage there. I’ve written previously I’d be more than happy to use Gabby as an ‘impact sub’ as against Newcastle. Whether the player himself would be is a different matter.
Of those five I’d start Bent every week, and then go with one of the four next to him. Bent has his critics, and the player has been discussed a ridiculous amount. The bottom line is though is that there is no-one else in our ranks who has proven they can grab goals in the Premiership on a consistent basis.
That leaves Benteke, Bowery, Gabby and Weimann fighting for one place. I think Lambert will rotate Benteke and Bowery like he did Holt and Morison at Norwich (although I expect Benteke to feature a lot more than Bowery for a while) which maybe leaves Gabby and Weimann competing for the other position. I guess things will change, and Lambert is well known for changing formations, and mixing things up depending on the opposition.
I’m not sure if Benteke will start with Bent this weekend, given he has had little time at the club, but this is the partnership I expect to see most games barring fitness.
I hope that Weimann isn’t frozen out, and I don’t think he will be either. It’s quite novel having real competition for places at the Villa, and it’s certainly no bad thing, but I do think Weimann has the talent to make an impact.