Austrian forward Andreas Weimann joined Fabian Delph last weekend in reaching 10 appearances for Aston Villa so far this season. Weimann has started in all 9 Premier League games and started in 1 League Cup game. He has played 869 minutes for Aston Villa so far this season, more than any other forward. Weimann has gone to on to score 2 goals (1 League and 1 Cup) and has also contributed 1 assist in the Premier League. I will now analysis Weimann’s statistics and will conclude with a personal reflection of how I rate Weimann’s start to the Premier League season.
According to ‘Whoscored’ Weimann currently holds an average rating of 6.75. This makes him Villa’s 11th best player, and 174th best Premier League player. His score is low, but it matches that of Fernando Torres and has performed better than Peter Crouch. But the likes of Anchiebe and Chamakh currently hold a stronger score than Weimann. It’s fair to say that Weimann is yet to hit his best form for Aston Villa so far this season.
Beginning with the positives, Weimann has the highest shot’s per game average (3.1) in Aston Villa. Weimann also tries to help other forwards score, he has produced the 5th highest amount of key passes in Villa (1) and also tends to get himself into space with 7 successful dribbles (Villa’s 5th best) so far this season. Additionally, Weimann has won Villa a total of 8 fouls (5th best at Villa). Defensively, Weimann does well, he has the most interception’s as a forward (8). Weimann doesn’t concede many fouls either (8, 11th lowest).
But that’s as good as it gets for Weimann. Because he is the 11th best Villa player, that’s fairly low especially when you consider the amount of appearances and time on the field. Weimann has done well to get the highest shot’s per game average (3.1)but he has only scored 1 Premier League goal. Benteke has an average of 2.6 shots and he’s scored 4 goals. Weimann isn’t strong at ariel duals, he’s only won 3 making him 15th best at Villa. But his most worrying statistics are his passing, Weimann has one of the lowest average passes 23 (12th best at Villa). What’s even more alarming is that his passing success rate is even lower. Only 74.4% of his passes are accurate making him 13th best at Villa. On the wing he hasn’t contributed much either, making only 2 successful crosses out of 15 attempts. That makes him the worst crosser Aston Villa have.
Weimann has had a tough start to the Premier League season. He hasn’t scored too many goals and has failed to contribute many assists either. For a player that often plays on the wing, he really need’s to work on his passing. If Lambert plans to utilise Benteke’s, Kozak’s or even Helenius’s height; then he’s going to need more of a threat out wide. Weimann isn’t our man for that. He’s only produced 2 accurate crosses? I know he’s better then that, we saw him making more accurate crosses last season. But on the bright side, I’m happy he’s taking a few shots. Weimann may need to work on accuracy and finishing. But I believe that’ll come as his confidence increases. Weimann has ability but he hasn’t been delivering so far this season. I don’t know how much longer Lambert can wait for Weimann to rejuvenate his form. But if he wants to be getting immediate results, I’d seriously consider dropping him for a more traditional winger such as Bacuna or Tonev. Those two player can provide an actual threat from the right-hand side.