Andi Weimann today vowed to fill the void left by Christian Benteke and keep scoring to fire Villa’s revival.
The Austrian bagged his second of the season with the winner in Saturday’s 3-2 victory against Manchester City to make it back-to-back wins for the first time since March.
Weimann is ready to lead the line with Libor Kozak as Benteke is out with a hip problem and Gabby Agbonlahor is struggling with an ankle injury.
And the striker, who has five goals in his last 23 games, is prepared to shoulder the goalscoring burden.
He said: “I want to score as many goals as I can. I’m not setting any targets. I just want to score as many as possible.
“The way Christian has come in and scored so many has been unbelievable. We are determined to keep on helping Christian so that he’s not the only one expected to score.
“Scoring the winner against Man City, you don’t do that every day – it is incredible. Everyone has been talking about how we have not won at home for a while, but we’ve just beaten a team that is meant to win the league, so this was a massive win for us.”
Weimann bagged 12 goals last season and has two this term, including a strike in the League Cup win over Rotherham.
And the 22-year-old admitted he must continue to perform or be axed once Benteke and Agbonlahor return.
He said: “Last season was a turning point for me. At first I was in and out of the team, but from December I was involved far more. I’ve felt a big part of the team and that’s been really nice.
“When you come through the academy and see the first-team players, you know that’s where you want to be. To be there now is just brilliant.
“You are always under pressure. If you don’t perform I guess you are not going to play. But it’s good for the team that we have players coming in that can deliver competition. Every time I play I just try to do my best to keep my place in the team.”