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The former Villa Park striker recalls how the 21-year-old shone as a youngster and expects the Austrian's burning desire to improve himself to bear fruit in the seasons to come

Former Aston Villa striker Emile Heskey has hailed Andreas Weimann as a "phenomenal" talent and backs the forward to continue his improvement next season.

The 21-year-old netted seven goals in 30 Premier League appearances last term as Paul Lambert's side avoided relegation with a 15th-placed finish.

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Heskey, who spent three years at Villa Park, recalls that Weimann shone throughout the youth system and believes that the Austrian is destined for success.

"Andi's work ethic is unbelievable. The lad is non-stop running. That's very noticeable. You see it in every second of every game," the Newcastle Jets striker told Villa's official website.

"Out of all the lads there when I was there, of the young lads, he was the best finisher. He found the net time and time and time again. He was phenomenal.

"He was natural but he also worked hard on the training pitch too. It was 50-50 talent and training. If you add those two qualities together, you've got success.

"He always wants to learn, too. He always listens to the coaches and has a real desire to get better and better with his game. That's fantastic to see."