Will this QPR striker get a deserved January move to the Premier League?
When Queens Park Rangers were in the Premier League last season, there was one man who could not stop scoring for the club: Charlie Austin. The man who has been at QPR since 2013 scored 18 of the club’s 42 goals during the season with those efforts coming in 35 league appearances for the West London side. Even more impressively, none of these were substitute appearances. They were relegated despite Austin’s best efforts, but goodness knows where they would have been without him.
His spectacular form led to a first England call up but he now appreciates that as he is no longer a Premier League player, it is would not be realistic for him to be a regular starter for his country or play in Euro 2016. Charlie Austin’s rise to professional football was a late one. He used to play for non-league team Hungerford Town and his big move to Swindon Town came at the age of 20. Since he was at Swindon in the 2009/10 season, Austin has scored at least 15 goals per season. He once scored 28 goals in the 2012/13 season for Burnley after making 37 league appearances. Before his professional career took off, he has worked as a bricklayer.
After his fine form for QPR in the 2014/15 season, pundits and fans everywhere were convinced that Premier League teams would to snap up this seemingly unstoppable goal-machine. However for all the talk and speculation that occurred during the last summer transfer window, Austin stayed at QPR and continues to ply his trade at Loftus Road on a weekly basis. He recently told Sky Sports News HQ that he would only leave QPR next summer when he is a free agent, as his “loyalty is with them, to help them and get promoted.”
However, while Charlie has effectively pledged his loyalty to QPR, former boss Chris Ramsey told the London Evening Standard in November that “Everyone has their price. Whatever happens, we have to do what’s best for QPR. If selling Charlie at that time is the right thing for QPR, then I’m sure the owners will make that decision at the time.”
In the summer, Newcastle, Leicester and Tottenham were supposedly among a clutch of clubs eyeing the £15m-rated hitman but none of them acted on it and he stayed at QPR.
Austin has already got 8 goals and one assist to his name so far this season and he scored the only goal is QPR’s recent game against Leeds. When QPR were last in the Championship and Austin signed for the R’s, he scored 20 goals for them in his debut season, to ensure their promotion, including a brace in the play-off semi-final against Wigan at Loftus Road.
Charlie Austin has already come so far in his career and there is no reason why he should not be snapped up by a Premier League club. For all the money that Newcastle spent in the recent summer transfer window, they are still not anywhere near as good as they should be.
Charlie Austin would be perfect for the Magpies. He is a determined, driven and committed individual who works extremely hard for the team. In addition to that he is valued at £15m which is only £2m more than Newcastle paid for Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.
The difference between the two strikers is that Charlie Austin is a proven English goal scorer who has shown what he can do in the Premier League whereas Mitrovic was unheard of before he joined Newcastle in the summer.
As for Leicester, the only reason they would buy Charlie Austin would be if Jamie Vardy left the Foxes but that seems very unlikely at this current moment in time. However, if they did, it would be more or less a like for like swap because the two players are very similar. They both started their professional careers at non-league teams, have risen through the ranks and have subsequently progressed to the Premier League.
There has been, and continues to be, constant speculation about whether Charlie Austin will leave Queens Park Rangers in the January transfer window and move back up to the Premier League where he deserves to be, but it remains to be seen whether he stays or goes. One thing is for sure, when he becomes a free transfer next summer, he won’t be short of offers from Premier League teams who will be desperate to bring him into their squad.
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