Tuesday 10 April 2012
Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish says it is getting increasingly difficult to leave Andreas Weimann out of his starting line-up after the 20-year-old forward scored another crucial goal this weekend.
Weimann gave his side the lead in the Barclays Premier League draw against Stoke City on Monday with a superb curling shot into the far corner from the edge of the box.
The strike was Weimann's second in five appearances with the Austrian claiming the winner in the 1-0 victory over Fulham last month.
Weimann has only broken into the first team this season, with the majority of his appearances coming off the bench, and McLeish says he has made a strong case for consistent first-team inclusion.
"Andreas's goal was truly inspirational - something out of nothing"
- Alex McLeish
"Some players are great goalscorers while others are scorers of great goals," McLeish told the club's official website.
"Andi proved he can be both. Goals talk. It will be hard to leave him out."
McLeish hailed Weimann's goal as "truly inspirational" and said it came at the perfect time for his side.
"It was a fantastic strike," added McLeish. "We needed a wee bit of inspiration at that time.
"I thought we needed to get shots at goal in early parts of the game and force corners and move the ball quickly.
"We maybe let Stoke get set on too many occasions early in the game and then Andreas's goal was truly inspirational - something out of nothing.
"He's manoeuvred himself into the corner and it's a wonderful goal from a great young prospect.
"He is a finisher and a good finisher at that, as you saw from that one."
The draw increased the gap between Villa and the relegation zone ahead of McLeish's side taking on Manchester United on Sunday.