Newcastle United have been offered the chance to sign Charlie Austin from Southampton, according to The Chronicle.
The striker has supposedly upset manager Ralph Hasenhuttl with a rant last week and he has been ostracised at the club, not being included in the squads which travelled to Austria and Republic of Ireland.
Austin is said to be on a list of names Steve Bruce is considering with managing director Lee Charnley, having already secured the signature of Joelinton.
Austin started 11 league games and came on as a substitute 14 times last season, scoring twice and assisting two more goals.
Bruce did switch between a 4-2-3-1 and 4-4-2 last season at Sheffield Wednesday, so Austin would be battling it out with Yoshinori Muto for the second striker slot if there are games where two are deployed up top.
Muto didn’t see much action during his first season with Newcastle, as he started five Premier League games and came on as a substitute 12 times, scoring once.
Per game, Austin came out on top in terms of aerial duels won and key passes, while Muto made more dribbles on average.
Who Bruce chooses to play – should Austin join – could come down to the way he wants to use Joelinton, as with 2.3 aerial duels and 1.5 key passes per game, he could be used to bring his strike partner into play, while his 1.7 dribbles per game and tally of seven goals highlights he could be the man to play off his strike partner.
Having paid so much for Joelinton, it seems likely Newcastle will want to get him in and around the goal as much as possible, meaning he would still be seen as the key figure even in the event where two strikers are being played.
Therefore, Austin would arguably be a better option than the Japan international considering he averages more in the way of key passes and, while there are supposedly other options Bruce is looking at, this could be a good signing at potentially a good price considering his current situation.
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