Twitter speculation indicates – as well as the fellow Charlton blogger Doctor Kish – that Charlton Athletic have been linked with the Austrian international, and Derby County forward, Andreas Weimann.
It would seem that manager, Steve McClaren, who is aiming for a long awaited return to the Premier League for Derby County at the end of the season, does not see Weimann as part of his plans to engineer that return.
Weimann first joined the Rams back in 2015 for a fee of £2,500,000 from fellow (now) Championship rivals Aston Villa. The forward has scored a total of 4 goals, in the 44 appearances he has made for the Rams – 16 of those appearances being starts, and the other 28 as an impact substitute. Weimann’s proficiency and scoring record at Villa was not much improved from the one he currently holds at Derby, at Villa he scored 24 goals in a total of 129 appearances, 38 of those appearances as an impact substitute.
However, it is worth noting that the 25 year old forward can also play as a winger, which may be why he is attracting Karl Robinson’s attention. The newly appointed Addicks’ manager has spoke on numerous occasions of his love for traditional wingers charging down the field to create chances, and score goals when they can.
Weimann’s flexibility and versatility as a winger and a striker, means the forward could fill two positions Charlton currently struggle with, especially as we currently only have two senior strikers fit in Ajose and Magennis, as Novak has been ruled out with injury until the end of January.
If we are to sign Weimann, I hope that it will be one of at least four or five signings that the current squad require, in order for Charlton to conform to the football ideology and style of play Robinson would like the Addicks to adopt.