A lot of talk about the 21-year-old's future has been circling recently but in the present he will be hoping to disappointing the Irish diaspora at Aston Villa when he adorns the red of Austria this week.
Aston Villa have had a struggle of a season but are putting in a very good fight against relegation with their 3-2 victory over perilously placed QPR before the international break.
One of their star players this campaign has been Andreas Weimann. The 21-year-old forward has been linked with a plethora of clubs over the past few weeks when it first became apparent that he had rejected the initial offer of a contract extension at Villa Park; and with his current deal expiring in 2014 vultures appear to be circling.
Inter Milan, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund and the most recent side ready to ‘seal a deal’ Liverpool have all been credited with a vested interest in the talented former Rapid Vienna striker.
Calm down Villa fans I don’t know anything in particular about his future whereabouts that isn’t already known (I wish I had such a scoop). No, the logical thinking is of course if Villa stay up you can bet Weimann will be signing a new contract at the club and if they don’t survive he may consider a move.
But he will be trying to break Villa hearts in regards to the Midlands club’s large Irish contingent this week.
Weimann is in the Austria squad that will play the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday evening and with Group C looking like becoming one of the tightest of all the groups this game will be a crunch tie.
Currently Austria and Ireland share seven points with Sweden above them on eight. Germany are way ahead so it seems a three-way fight for the play-off spot.
Aston Villa only have one player actually in the Ireland squad for the Austria match. Ciaran Clark kept Zlatan Ibrahimovic quiet on Friday night and he will be tasked with doing a similar job on his club-mate Tuesday.
But Villa have an abundance of Irish players who will be watching praying for an Irish victory. The likes of Shay Given, Richard Dunne, Stephen Ireland, Enda Stevens, Samir Carruthers, Graham Burke and trust me a whole heap more will be hoping Weimann doesn’t produce a display to help Osterreich to victory.
That’s if he even starts. Austria Wien goal-machine Philipp Hosiner grabbed two against Faroe Islands in the 6-0 drubbing Friday and is expected to start.
All the while 16 Irishman in the Villa first, under-21’s and academy squads will be hoping Weimann doesn’t play super sub on Tuesday.
Then they might just be kicking him out of Villa Park!
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