Andreas Weimann returns to Derby after Wolves opt against permanent deal

Andreas Weimann returns to Derby after Wolves opt against permanent deal

Derby County forward Andreas Weimann has returned to the club as Wolverhampton Wanderers opted not to go ahead with a permanent deal.

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Andreas Weimann will return to his parent club Derby County after Wolverhampton Wanderers, where he was on loan last season, opted not to go ahead with a permanent deal. 

The deal has been significantly affected by Paul Lambert recently departing the club after disagreements with the owners. It also suggests that Portuguese agent Jorge Mendes, who has a huge influence at the club, is confident he can find better options. 

Fondly remembered

Despite the fact the 25-year-old only managed to find the back of the net three times in his 21 appearances whilst on loan at Molineux, he will still be fondly remembered by fans. 

Weimann celebrates scoring Wolves' second at Anfield. (picture: Getty Images / Alex Livesey)
Weimann celebrates scoring Wolves' second at Anfield. (picture: Getty Images / Alex Livesey)

His best moment at the club came at Anfield at the end of January when he scored the second goal in a 2-1 win against Premier League side Liverpool in The FA Cup fourth round. This was a famous result for Wolves and one that will be remembered by fans for many years to come. 

Nuno Espirito Santo is Wolves' new manager but is unlikely to have much say on transfers with the club's Chinese owners giving Mendes so much control. The club have already been linked with former Manchester United striker Bebé as a result of not signing Weimann permanently. 

However, the squad does not lack options in the final third with plenty of exciting attacking personnel at their disposal. The likes of George Graham, Helder Costa, Ivan Cavaleiro and Ben Marshall are all good attacking players at Championship level. 

Does he have a future at Derby?

It will be interesting to see whether the Austrian international has a future at Derby County under the management of Gary Rowett. Since joining the club on a four-year deal in 2015, he has only scored four goals in 40 appearances for the club.

Weimann has struggled to make an impact at Derby. (picture: Getty Images / James Williamson - CameraSport)
Weimann has struggled to make an impact at Derby. (picture: Getty Images / James Williamson - CameraSport)

His biggest struggle came at the start of this season where he only managed one start and was largely limited to substitute appearances. This led to him being loaned at to Wolves, where he also failed to make the impact he would have wanted.

It has already been widely reported that Rowett is willing to listen to offers for many of his players this season to raise funds to land his main targets. The likes of Tom Ince, Jason Shackell, Darren Bent, Nick Blackman and Abdoul Camara have been included in this list. It appears unlikely that Weimann would feature in Rowett's plans for next season if the likes of Ince and Bent do not. 

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