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Lambert hails content Weimann

Andreas Weimann's contentment as a first-team footballer is being hailed as one of the reasons behind his lift-off as a Premier League hit with Aston Villa.

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The speedy Austrian forward has hit 11 goals this season and will be hoping history repeats itself when his club face Fulham at home on Saturday.

He struck a late winner against the Londoners at Villa Park last spring to help keep his club's heads above water in another tense survival scrap.

"He's enjoying his football and has broken into the national team as well," said Villa boss Paul Lambert. "He's playing virtually every week and he's thrilled to bits.

"One thing that strikes you about him is his work rate. The difference this season is probably that he's looking a natural finisher. If you concentrate on a player's strengths, you get an extra percentage out of him.

"People think he has played for years and he hasn't. This is his first real season. The crowd will identify with him and see that he gives it a real good go."

The 21-year-old Weimann, who is currently the subject of contract renewal talks, is regarded as a home-grown talent, although he was born in Vienna.

He agreed to join Villa when he was 15 and actually did so soon after his 16th birthday.

He has emerged as a man for delivering big goals this season and netted twice at home to Manchester United, twice in the Capital One Cup quarter-final at Norwich and in both legs of the semi-final against Bradford City in the same competition.

Weimann hit the post at Stoke last weekend on an afternoon when his strike colleagues Gabby Agbonlahor and Christian Benteke were among the scorers, and Lambert believes the memory of that success at the Britannia Stadium will further boost his side's confidence this weekend.

"Stoke are a really good team and we were excellent," he added.

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