Has Tim Sherwood been proven right in selling Andreas Weimann to Derby County?

Tim Sherwood Press Conference 12/02/2014

Former Aston Villa attacker Andreas Weimann has struggled for first-team football since his move to Derby County this summer.

Derby County seemingly pulled off a transfer coup when they signed Andreas Weimann from Aston Villa in the summer. However, it has been a difficult transition for the Austrian who still remains on the periphery of the first-team despite a drop in division. 

In June, when Weimann's £2.75 million transfer to Derby was confirmed, as reported by the Daily Mail, it seemed the Championship side had pulled off potentially the signing of the summer after snatching up a player who many considered to be a proven Premier League attacker. 

In fact, as previously reported by HITC, in August Paul Merson went as far as suggesting Weimann was one of Villa's best players and they had made a mistake in selling him to the Rams because he had too much quality for a Championship. 

Nevertheless, despite the initial excitement over the transfer, the Austrian is in a no better position as he looks to have dropped a bit-part role in the Villa side for a bit-part role in the Derby side. 

He has started just twice for the Rams in the Championship this season, disappointing on both occasions, and has largely been behind the likes of Johnny Russell, Chris Martin and Tom Ince in the selection process. 

Although it is still early days, Tim Sherwood will be able to feel vindicated for selling the Austrian international until he proves otherwise. 

What does Weimann need to do in order to become a success at Derby? 

If Paul Clement continues to play a 4-3-3 formation, Weimann will need to oust either Russell or Ince in the wide positions to secure a place in the side as Martin or Bent occupy the middle. 

Injuries will inevitably open the door for Weimann to get a run in the first-team, however, he will need to show a lot more than he has done previously in games if he is to keep his place in the side when there is a fully-fit squad. 

He needs to learn his role in Clement's system, prove he can play there and do the job that Ince and Russell do incredibly well. 

The chance will come, but next time he needs to stand up and be counted. Another disappointing performance could see Clement look to the club's impressive under-21 side for an option if Weimann continues to frustrate.  

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