Bristol City have got a battle on their hands to secure a place in the play-offs when the Championship season resumes.
The Robins are seventh, one point back from the top six, with nine games remaining of the 2019/20 campaign and Lee Johnson’s men will be determined not to miss out again after they finished four points short last term.
Andi Weimann was a key performer then and has been a mainstay in the City side again this season.
After joining last summer, the Austrian forward has settled very well at Ashton Gate, recording his highest league goal-tally in his debut season, and becoming synonymous with the dynamic and high-energy football that Johnson has looked to play.
His relentless work-rate and versatility have made him a favourite of the City boss and seemingly, one of the first names on the teamsheet.
But has he repaid Johnson’s faith with his performances thus far? We put a spotlight on Weimann’s 2019/20 season so far to examine just that…
Weimann has missed just one game in all competitions for the Robins this season, the first round defeat in the Carabao Cup, and has proven as versatile as ever–featuring in a range of positions across the frontline and in attacking midfield as Johnson look to find the right formula.
The City boss has tinkered a lot this season, with a recent report from the Bristol Post suggesting that only Charlton Athletic boss Lee Bowyer had made more changes to his starting XI’s, and Weimann’s adaptability has undoubtedly been a huge boost for him.
Out of possession, his ability to pressure and harry opposition players has been really useful for the Robins and he averages 2.22 interceptions per game this season, while only Niclas Eliasson, who has provided a league-high 12 assists this season, has contributed to more goals in the City squad than Weimann so far.
The Austrian is always going to give you his dynamism and relentless work-rate and while that shouldn’t be taken for granted, it is also important to focus on the quality he provides in the final third.
The 28-year-old has found the net nine times so far and, with nine Championship games left, is on course to break the season record he set in 2018/19.
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Despite regularly being used on the wing, Weimann has been as busy as ever in and around the opposition penalty area, averaging 3.72 touches in the box per game.
The area he may feel he could improve when the season resumes is in front of goal, as the Austria international has hit the target with just 34.3% of his attempts.
Weimann has been a key performer for City so far and with nine games left, you feel he will continue to be a mainstay in the starting XI as Johnson’s men push for the play-offs.
This season, the relationship between the forward and the South West club has been as fruitful as ever. He would surely establish himself a place in Robins folklore if he can help them secure promotion through the play-offs when the campaign finally concludes.