Weimann Week: STATS - Austrian ace a major influence in 2012-13
It was quite a breakthrough campaign for Weimann in the claret and blue under Paul Lambert, capped with the Supporters Young Player of the Year gong, and this week a new three-year contract at the club.
The Austrian began to have an impact on the senior squad last year, starting five league matches from 14 appearances in total, but he has become a key player under the new management and is relishing life in the first team.
Weimann announced himself on the big stage with a brace against Manchester United earlier in the season and picked up many admirers for his tireless work and willing running, particularly from the wing.
Ending the season with seven league goals, only top scorer Christian Benteke had more shots per game than the 21-year-old (2.1), while he also picked up two assists from a total of 23 chances created.
Playing the majority of his football from wide areas this season, he managed a respectable 79.5% pass accuracy, with his ability to pick a pass evident in the final third.
Weimann completed more accurate through balls than any other teammate (7) and of the 46 Premier League players to attempt at least 10, he had the third best accuracy (70%).
His direct approach and pace proved to be a real handful on the counter attack, with only five players having more efforts on the break than the young forward (8), while only Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko scored more goals from such situations.
Elsewhere, Weimann's work rate was apparent for all to see and he certainly didn't shirk his defensive responsibilities.
In fact, of the 31 Premier League players to start at least 20 games in either an advanced position on the wing or up front, the Villa man made the most interceptions per game in those matches (1.71).
However, the most impressive statistic regarding the Austria international revolves around his influence on the team's results.
Villa won 10 of the 26 league matches that Weimann started in the 2012-13 campaign (38.5%) but were unable to secure the three points in any of the 12 matches that he was not on the field from kick-off.
That positive impact on a team's win ratio was the largest of any player in England's top flight, which is the greatest indication of the youngster's importance to the side.
Paul Lambert's men netted 1.5 goals per game in the matches that Weimann was in the starting XI this season, compared to just 0.67 when he wasn't.
While Benteke was grabbing the headlines for his fantastic return of nineteen league goals, Weimann was proving crucial to a fluid front three formed in the second half of the season.
In turn, the news that the striker has now signed on the dotted line was music to everyone's ears at the club, and a signal of intent to say that the most promising young players will be staying put.
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