Paul Lambert has challenged Aston Villa's Andreas Weimann to add more goals to his game ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League match with Newcastle United.
The Austria forward scored the only goal of the match at Stoke City last weekend to ensure Villa made a winning start to their 2014/15 campaign. The 23-year-old got five top-flight goals last term, two fewer than the previous Barclays Premier League season, and Lambert, the Villa manager, wants Weimann to find the back of the net on a regular basis.
"Andi has got to add more goals to his game," Lambert told avfc.co.uk. "If he does that he will go again. His work-rate is never in doubt and his enthusiasm for the game is second to none.
"Top players will be recognised for their goals. If you can do that, then you have a really top striker on your books. The great thing about Andi is I know he can play in the middle or off the front. I know I can play him either side too.
"The competition is getting stronger and stronger - and you've got to step up to that. But Andi, since I have been here, has been really, really good."
Villa's opening-day victory owed much to a resolute defensive display, with Ron Vlaar and new signing Philippe Senderos impressing at the heart of the back four and Aly Cissokho, another close-season arrival, also catching the eye, along with the recalled Alan Hutton.
Newcastle did the double over Lambert's men last season and Villa have failed to beat the Magpies in the last six meetings between the two sides.
Colombia midfielder Carlos Sanchez comes into contention to make his Villa debut after his signing and fellow midfielder Joe Cole could also make his Barclays Premier League bow for the club after recovering from a thigh injury.
Strike duo Christian Benteke (Achilles) and Libor Kozak (broken leg) are not yet ready to return.
A new-look Newcastle side were consigned to a 2-0 home defeat by champions Manchester City in their opening match of the season on Sunday. Hatem Ben Arfa and Yoan Gouffran were on target in Newcastle's 2-1 win at Villa Park last season and Alan Pardew will be eyeing a repeat performance to get the club up and running in 2014/15.
Siem de Jong will be in contention after recovering from a calf injury, but Cheick Tiote will not feature due to a hamstring problem. Davide Santon, Papiss Cisse and Ryan Taylor also remain sidelined due to knee injuries.
Aston Villa (from): Given, Guzan, Bacuna, Baker, Clark, Donacien, Herd, Hutton, Lowton, Okore, Senderos, Stevens, Vlaar, Cole, Delph, El Ahmadi, Gardner, Grealish, N’Zogbia, Richardson, Sanchez, Westwood, Agbonalhor, Bent, Burke, Robinson, Weimann.
Newcastle United (from): Alnwick, Elliot, Krul, Coloccini, Dummett, Ferguson, Haidara, Janmaat, Satka, Streete, Steven Taylor, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, Aarons, Abeid, Anita, Ben Arfa, Bigirimana, Cabella, Colback, De Jong, Gutierrez, Obertan, Sissoko, Vuckic, Ameobi, Armstrong, Ferreyra, Gouffran, Perez, Riviere.
Referee: Mike Dean Assistants: J Brooks, S Long Fourth Official: M Atkinson
|Last six matches|
|0 - 1 v Stoke (A)||16 Aug 2014|
|0 - 1 v Stoke (A)||16 Aug 2014|
|3 - 0 v Spurs (A)||11 May 2014|
Last corresponding meeting
Sat 14 Sep 2013 | Villa Park | Attendance: 37,554
- Christian Benteke (67)
- Hatem Ben Arfa (18)
- Yoan Gouffran (73)
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