It’s been a phenomenal campaign for Andi Weimann, who was unfortunate not to make it into the EFL Championship Team of the Year.
In a normal season, 20 goals and nine assists would likely have earned the Austrian a place in the XI but it is hard to argue with a front two of Bournemouth’s Dom Solanke (27 goals, six assists) and Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic (41 goals, seven assists) while fellow Cottager Harry Wilson got the nod in the number 10 role after finishing the season with a division-high 16 assists to go with his 10 goals.
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With two games left to play, Weimann sits fourth on the list of Championship top scorers behind Mitrovic, Solanke, and Blackburn Rovers’ Ben Brereton Diaz (21 goals, three assists) but there is one statistic in which the 30-year-old trumps all three.
The versatile City attacker, who has played in a range of roles for Nigel Pearson in 2021/22 including striker, attacking midfield, and wing-back, has a conversion rate of 30% – meaning he finds the net with nearly a third of his shots.
Weimann deserves a huge amount of credit for how clinical he has been in front of goal this season and he has had to be to break the 20-goal mark given the side he is playing in and how they’ve fared.
Sitting 17th in the Championship table, the Robins average 10.3 shots per game this term, which is the joint fourth-lowest in the division and below Blackburn (11), Bournemouth (12.2), and Fulham (16).
They also average the joint fourth-fewest shots on target per game in the Championship this term (3.5) – again below the respective sides of Mitrovic (6), Solanke (4.5), and Brereton Diaz (4.2).
The Robins forward’s season looks all the more remarkable when you consider he’s bounced back from an ACL injury that kept him out for the majority of last term and has gone on to have by far the most productive season of his career.
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Previously, the 30-year-old’s most productive season came for Aston Villa in 2012/13 when he bagged 12 goals and six assists in all competitions.
It’s been a phenomenal campaign for Weimann and one that will no doubt be recognised with the Ashton Gate outfit’s Player of the Season award.
Pearson and co. will be keen to see more of the same from the Austria international next term.