Five destinations for QPR’s in-form striker Charlie Austin
QPR’s lethal hitman Charlie Austin, who has scored 15 goals for the Hoops this term, is likely to move in the summer, and there will be no shortage of suitors. His side are currently fighting for survival in the Premier League, and despite Austin’s contributions their prospects don’t look good.
We take a look at five possible clubs where he could go, with the former Burnley striker rumoured to be on the verge of a call-up to Roy Hodgson’s England squad.
Mauricio Pochettino reportedly wants at least one striker next season to support Harry Kane, with the futures of Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor in doubt. Austin could well fit the bill, though the question is whether he can cope with not being the main man, and still deliver consistently.
Should the Toffees stay up, which is likely, they could be swayed by the availability of Austin, with Romelu Lukaku looking nowhere near the same player he was last term. The future of Roberto Martinez has been cast into doubt recently, though if he stays, it remains to be seen exactly the type of player he brings in.
The Magpies bought Frenchman Emmanuel Riviere from Monaco last summer who has failed to make an impact in the north east. Austin represents someone in the Alan Shearer mould, who, like the former England number nine, could develop into a cult hero on Tyneside.
Having reportedly failed to lure Danny Ings recently, David Moyes could turn his attention to Austin, who may relish a change of scenery, lifestyle and a new challenge. Pairing him with Carlos Vela up front would make an intriguing partnership and, with his physique, he would offer Sociedad a different option.
Ronald Koeman is rumoured to be losing patience with his frontline and Austin may represent a bargain for the Saints, who could add sufficiently to their goal-haul next season as they chase silverware. Providing competition for Graziano Pelle, may also see a marked improvement from the Italian.