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Derby County will be hard pressed to keep hold of unsung hero

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Derby County missed out on a chance to reach the Premier League after the 2-1 aggregate play-off defeat to Fulham in their semi-final earlier this week.

Despite the disappointing result for the Rams, their season is something to be admired, with 20 wins from their 46 games.

One of their stars of the season has been a rejuvenated Andreas Weimann, and the Rams will be hard pressed to keep hold of him if he continues to shine next season.

The 26-year-old joined Aston Villa’s youth set up in 2007 before signing a professional contract three years later. He had a loan spell at Watford during his time at Villa Park, before joining Derby County in June 2015.

Since joining the Rams, Weimann has played 79 times, only scoring nine times. But, it is his intense work rate and commitment that makes the Austrian appealing.

Weimann started his career as an out and out striker, before moving onto the wings, and recently converting to a wingback under the management of Rams boss Gary Rowett in the latter stages of this season.

His adapted role on the left hand side of the Derby County defence has seen his goal tally decrease, but his value rise. Making his 43rd appearance of the season in the play-off semi-final second leg at Craven Cottage, it has not only been Weimann’s most appearances in one season, but also one of his most successful.

Last season, the Austrian international didn’t offer anywhere near the passion and work rate he does today. After starting just one league game for Derby County before the turn of the year last season, Weimann was sent out on loan to Wolverhampton Wanders in January for the remainder of the season.

But, since his return, Weimann has seemed like a new man. Pure commitment every minute of every game is something many top teams lack. While he wouldn’t be the big money, big name signing most sides are after, any lower end of the Premier League squad would be lucky to have him.

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