The talented Austrian attacker fell out of favour at Aston Villa under Tim Sherwood and becomes Derby’s latest signing as they gear up for a shot at promotion into the Premier League, when the new campaign gets underway.
Clement is confident that the Rams have made a very good signing and one, which can take the club forward.
“It goes without saying that we are very pleased to welcome Andreas Weimann to Derby County,” said the boss.
“He has a good amount of top flight experience to his name and, at the age of 23, he still has a lot of potential.”
Weimann’s experience of having played for Aston Villa will definitely work for him in this move.
He will be used to the pressure and expectation, which comes with representing a huge football club and can hopefully work that to his advantage at the start of next season, when new signings at other clubs are still settling in.
His potential gives Clement something to work with and there will be a few areas where the boss may already feel that he can improve in the player.
Weimann wasn’t granted the chances at Villa to develop that potential and to become the player that Clement clearly feels he can turn himself into.
It’s significant that this deal has been done early, which gives the player the chance to get involved in a full pre-season schedule with his new teammates.
That means they can all learn about each other and adjust for the first game of the Championship season in August.