Derby-bound Andreas Weimann discusses his Aston Villa departure

The 23-year-old ended his eight-year association with Villa on Thursday with a £2.75 million move to the Rams.

Derby County new boy Andreas Weimann has admitted that it will be “a bit strange” not playing for Aston Villa anymore after eight years at the club.

Weimann, 23, was speaking to Derby’s official website on Thursday after sealing a £2.75 million move to the iPro Stadium as new head coach Paul Clement’s fourth summer signing.

The Austrian forward first joined Villa at the age of 15 from Rapid Vienna in 2007 and progressed up the ranks to earn his first-team debut in August 2010 under then caretaker manager Kevin McDonald.

Considered one of the club’s most exciting prospects at the time, he would go on to make 129 total appearances for the club over the next five seasons but could manage just 24 goals after spending most of his time out wide rather than in his favoured central position.

 Premier League SeasonGoalsTotal Shots MINSShooting AccuracyScoring V Shooting AccuracyAssistsTotal Key PassesPassing AccuracyTouches MINSAppearancesMins Played
Andreas Weimann 2014-2015 3 53.85 36% 9% 2 20 82% 2.19 31 1,777
Andreas Weimann 2013-2014 5 39.12 28% 7% 4 34 78% 2.46 37 2,660
Andreas Weimann 2012-2013 7 36.32 45% 11% 2 23 80% 2.19 30 2,252
Andreas Weimann 2011-2012 2 28.05 42% 11% 0 5 76% 2.5 14 533

Nevertheless, he had some success during his claret and blue career, having bagged 13 goals during the 2012-13 campaign and ensured Villa’s top-flight status the follow season with a brace against Hull in the final home game.

He made a promising start to last term too, scoring twice in the first three Premier League games, but finished up with just four goals in 22 starts and 15 substitute appearances as a peripheral figure under the incoming Tim Sherwood.

With Sherwood now revamping his squad in his first transfer window in charge, Weimann’s exit seemed inevitable but, while he is looking forward to a fresh start with the Rams, the 13-times capped striker admits that not being at Villa will take some getting used to.

“I was at Aston Villa for eight years so I’m looking forward to this new stage in my career although it will be a bit strange not being there,” he told “Eight years is a long time, especially in football, so maybe a change will do me good and get me started again.

“I moved over at the age of 15 from Austria and obviously it was hard at first leaving home to move to England, but settled in quite well after a few months. I enjoyed playing for Aston Villa and they are a massive club in England, so it wasn’t a hard decision to join the club.

“Playing in the Premier League was an aim of mine so I was delighted to achieve that, hopefully I can do it at Derby County as well.”

Weimann’s move across the Midlands also sees him reunited with former Villa teammate Darren Bent, who scored 12 goals in 17 games while on loan at the Championship club last season before joining on a free transfer earlier this month.

“I know Darren from my time at Aston Villa and I think that he is a really good signing for Derby,” he added. “I haven’t spoken to him about the club as I guess he is away on his holiday at the moment and I didn’t want to disturb him.

“I am not shocked that he did so well at Derby and I am sure he will score loads of goals next season as well.”

With Weimann set to get the chance to show his worth up top, he could well end up proving an inspired signing for Derby and, with the club also having the likes of Bent and fellow front man Chris Martin at their disposal, a swift return to the Premier League could be in store.

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