Andreas Weimann is hoping for the chance to show what he is made of when Villa entertain Fulham on Saturday.
The 20-year-old striker had to settle for another brief cameo in the draw at Blackburn but is edging closer towards his big break as Villa come to terms with Darren Bent’s season-ending injury,
Boss Alex McLeish has recently suggested that the Austria Under-21 international could have the opportunity to shine after being promoted to third choice striker and the youngster is eager to impress.
“If I get the chance I will be ready, 100 per cent,” he said.
“I don’t think it will faze me. It would just be brilliant if I could get a chance to play in front of so many fans.
“You just get excited and want to do your best, I don’t think I’ll be afraid.
“I’m close at the moment and I am doing my best in training and if I get the chance I am 100 per cent fit and looking forward to it.”
Weimann has been restricted to just six league and cup appearances from the substitutes bench this season. When Bent and Gabby Agbonlahor were firing on all cylinders earlier in the season he was shipped out on loan to Watford, but recalled early because of injuries at the club.
The former Rapid Vienna youth team player admitted that he is not the type of player to go banging on the manager’s door demanding reasons for not playing.
He knew that he had to go about his business in a professional manner and keep working hard until a chance came around.
Although the circumstances are unfortunate, Weimann knows he will get minutes on the pitch in the coming weeks to make a name for himself.
And after failing to bag a single senior goal to date, he admits that his emotions are bound to take over him should he find the net before the end of the season.
“I don’t know what I’ll do when I score my first goal,” he added.
“Hopefully I’ll score it soon.
“I’ll probably just go crazy and do anything.”
Meanwhile Bent’s faint hopes of making Euro 2012 were all but dashed despite a successful operation on his ankle injury earlier this week.
The 28-year-old has been told by doctors that his chances of making the tournament in Ukraine and Poland are slim but he has still not give up hope.
In 2010 and 2006 Bent missed out on selection for both World Cups but was expected to be named in this summer’s European Championships squad.
Should, as expected, he now have to watch from the side he may have to turn his attentions to playing at the Olympic Games with Team GB, having declared his availability as one of the over-age players.