With the January transfer window just weeks away, Christoph Monschein could hardly have picked a better moment to score the most ruthless of hat-tricks.
The Midland giants would certainly have been impressed by the way Monschein put Hartberg to the sword during a stunning individual performance on Saturday.
The diminutive number nine took his tally to 16 goals in 20 games this season with a clinical treble in a 5-0 win, showcasing his predatory instincts with two close range tap ins either side of a searing drive which almost ripped the net off its hinges.
"It was the best first half of the season so far,” Monschein told Sky after a result which lifts Vienna into seventh.
“I'm always trying to create opportunities and help the team, and sometimes I score one too.”
Thanks to his second hat-trick of the season, Monschein has now overtaken the coveted Shon Weissman and the phenomenal £88 million-rated Erling Braut Haaland as the top scorer in Austria’s top flight.
And his bargain £4.5 million price-tag surely makes him a risk worth taking for an Aston Villa side who appear to be one reliable goalscorer away from a comfortable mid-table finish in their first season back in the big time.
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