Bristol City and Derby County strikers in reversal of fortune

Andreas Weimann of Derby County celebrates after scoring during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Derby County at St Andrews (stadium) on January 13, 2018 in...

Andreas Weimann was sold by Derby County in the summer.

Andreas Weimann of Bristol City (center) celebrates after scoring his sides second goal  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Bristol City at Loftus Road...

Bristol City striker Andreas Weimann started the season on fire following his summer switch from Derby County, but zero goals in his last 11 league games tells a different kind of story.

The Austria international joined the Rams from Aston Villa in the summer of 2015, with many Derby supporters welcoming the addition and predicting Weimann to be a big hit at Pride Park.

Nobody can fault the attacker’s work ethic and effort, but it soon became apparent Weimann was struggling to find the net on a regular basis, and it didn’t take long for then-Derby boss Paul Clement to push him out wide.

 

Clement’s successors at Derby – Nigel Pearson, Steve McClaren and Gary Rowett – all had similar ideas, with the former Villa man often finding himself used as an impact player or wide forward.

Weimann netted a grand total of nine league goals in three seasons at Pride Park, and he became new Derby manager Frank Lampard’s first sale for a reported £2 million fee (Daily Star).

At one stage it may have looked like Lampard made a mistake selling the 27-year-old as Weimann netted five goals in his first six league outings for Bristol City - at a time when Derby’s own forward signing Jack Marriott struggled to make an impact in the opening stages of the campaign.

Andreas Weimann of Derby County shows his frustration during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Sunderland at iPro Stadium on March 30, 2018 in Derby, England.

Bristol supporters, however, haven’t seen their summer signing score since as the tally now reads zero goals in his last 11 games – with the Robins only winning two of the last nine games Weimann has featured in.

Marriott, meanwhile, has found the net at both Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge in that time in the Carabao Cup, while his league form is four goals and two assists in his last six starts.

Jack Marriott of Derby celebrates as he scores during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Birmingham City at Pride Park Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Derby, England.

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