After a season that saw him score only four goals and continue to struggle with Aston Villa, Andi Weimann has agreed to move to Derby County in a move expected to be worth £2.75 million. The transfer comes after Villa manager Tim Sherwood made it clear that Weimann would be surplus at the club next year. When he arrives at Derby, Weimann will be on a four-year contract and will rejoin Darren Bent.
While he had plenty of problems in the past few years at Villa - plays that went through him seemed to get broken up more often than not - Weimann is still young and has oodles of skill. He can be an absolutely lethal striker, particularly when he finds himself in the penalty box, and his skillset should translate well to the Championship. In fact, it wouldn't surprise me at all to see Andi hitting double-digit goals next season.
But this is a move that felt like a bit of an inevitability. Regardless of whether or not you really rate Andi any more, he was gone. So instead of thinking about this too much (or worrying that a brace from Darren Bent and Andi Weimann will knock us out of a cup competition next year) let's remember the best of Andi. Like the picture above, when he had scored in an improbable Villa win over Manchester City. Let's remember the best celebration in football, when the Austrian predator would throw his hands up and launch Apollonian arrows into the world to announce his presence.
That's the Andi I'll forever remember. A player who was genuinely one of my favorites and a player who I'll always love. Best of luck at Derby, Andi, and may your arrows fly often.