Back in the summer of 2013, Queens Park Rangers signed English striker Charlie Austin from Burnley with the west London club desperate for more firepower up front in their quest for Premier League promotion.
Austin arrived at Loftus Road fresh off a campaign where he managed to score 28 goals in all competitions, so it was no surprise that the supporters were delighted when the deal was confirmed.
— Simon Hunter (@realsimonhunter) August 1, 2013
@OfficialQPR Brilliant! 🙂
— Allen Edd (@Fili_Edd) August 1, 2013
— Dan (@qprdan123) August 1, 2013
@OfficialQPR brilliant signing just what we need a prolific goal scorer!!
— nathan king (@nathantk28) August 1, 2013
@OfficialQPR Finally we have a goal scorer in our team apart from remy
— Leonardo Di Caprisun (@supitsbez) August 1, 2013
— Andy Swan (@Andy_Swan82) August 1, 2013
And that delight was quickly justified with the centre-forward managing to hit the back of the net on 17 occasions in the 2013/14 Championship season as QPR went on to win promotion to the Premier League through the play-offs.
QPR’s return to the Premier League, though, was short lived with the club relegated back to the Championship after just one season.
With that being said, individually, the 2014/15 Premier League campaign was a good one for Austin who, unlike most of his team-mates, was able to make a seamless transition from English football’s second tier.
The 29-year-old scored 18 goals in 35 top-flight appearances for QPR, finishing the season as one of the leading centre-forwards in the division.
As a result, Austin would eventually get another shot in the Premier League with Southampton deciding to bring the former Burnley man to St. Mary’s in 2016.
Since moving to the south coast, though, Austin has had trouble with injuries and now faces a battle to maintain a regular spot in Mark Hughes’ starting XI following the arrival of Danny Ings from Liverpool on the deadline day of the previous transfer window.
Nevertheless, for QPR, Austin proved to be a truly shrewd acquisition and one that made them a drastically better side.