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Villa's Weimann prepared for strike competition

Aston Villa striker Andreas Weimann says he is ready to go to battle with other forwards at the club for a spot in the first team.

The 20-year old Austrian is up against Darren Bent, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Nathan Delfouneso in Paul Lambert's squad but says he is happy for the competition even if a new striker is purchased this summer.

"There's myself Gabby, Darren and Nathan now that Emile [Heskey] has gone," Weimann told the Birmingham Mail.

"I think for myself it doesn't really matter if a new boy comes in because I've still got to be at my best in pre-season to show the gaffer what I can do.

"If he thinks I'm good enough to play then I'll play. Obviously, if a new striker comes in it is good for the competition, but for myself I've got to be more concerned about showing the gaffer what I can do myself.

"If I impress I'll play, if I don't I won't. Everyone starts with a clean slate because it's a new manager and if I do well in training I'm sure I'll get my chances.

"I got the taste for it last season, I want to hopefully get a few chances next season by showing the new gaffer in pre-season what I can do."

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