Aston Villa striker Andreas Weimann has joined Watford until the end of the season, with the Championship Hornets hoping he'll help the club in its push for Premier League football. We saw Weimann joining up for the first team early in the season before he injured his ankle against Rapid Vienna in Europa League play. His spectacular performance in the 10-1 win over Arsenal Reserves, including a brace of goals, lead many to wonder if he'd be back in first team action. But with the signing of Darren Bent, it seems the club believes Andy would do well to improve his game with first team experience elsewhere.
I'm inclined to agree. With Gerard Houllier using John Carew against Birmingham City and waiting until the 70th minute to put on Nathan Delfouneso, it seems the gaffer has taken a more conservative line of thought toward youth than we first believed. Now that Bent has joined up with the Villa, it's unlikely Weimann would ever see the first team. Letting him show off somewhere else is in the best interest for all parties--including those eager to see more of Delfouneso.