Why Derby would be pulling off a masterstroke signing Aston Villa forward Andreas Weimann

Derby County-bound Andreas Weimann has proven himself prolific for Aston Villa in the Premier League when started upfront in games over the past four seasons.

According to the Derbyshire Telegraph, Derby County are close to signing Aston Villa striker Andreas Weimann for a fee around £2 million.

The Austrian forward, who has fell down the pecking order following Tim Sherwood’s arrival at the club, has been a regular in Villa’s matchday squad over the past four seasons but for whatever reason has found it difficult to get games in his correct position – upfront.

According to whoscored.com, the Austrian has started just 18 games upfront for Villa over the past four seasons and has healthy return of seven goals – a record that over the course of a full season would accumulate to roughly 15 Premier League goals.

The record, had it been achieved this season, would have seen Weimann sit as the Premier League’s 6th highest goalscorer, behind only Sergio Aguero, Harry Kane, Diego Costa, Charlie Austin and Alexis Sanchez.

How big of an impact can Weimann make at Derby?

If he signs, the Austrian international could be a key part of the Rams’ promotion push next season and go on to play a big part in their future.

Weimann, at 23, still has plenty of time to grow and develop but needs a platform to gain confidence in order to once again grow and develop into the player he once threatened to be, by playing regularly.

If he is played in his correct position at Derby, as opposed to on the wing like he often was was at Villa, it could prove to be the best £2million the East Midlands side have spent in a long time.

Paul Clement, who is preparing for his debut season in management, may be able to boast one of the best front-lines in the Championship next season as Darren Bent has already signed permanently following a successful loan spell and Chris Martin and Johnny Russell remain at the club. 

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