In the last couple of seasons, Southampton strikers have had their troubles at St. Mary’s — and that includes Charlie Austin.
The 29-year-old has picked up injuries left, right and centre in that time, and now finds himself firmly on the periphery.
Austin, who has clearly failed to win over Ralph Hasenhuttl, has been told to find a new club by the Southampton boss (Daily Mirror).
And as harsh as Hasenhuttl may have put it, the Austrian is certainly making a good call.
For both parties, Austin moving away from St. Mary’s is probably now in everyone’s best interest.
The former Queens Park Rangers striker needs minute, something he just is not getting right now.
And for a player of his quality, a No.9 who can be efficient and ruthless on his day when fit, he is too good to be wasting away on the St. Mary’s bench.
Meanwhile, from Hasenhuttl’s perspective, getting Austin’s wages off of Southampton’s books could go a long way in helping facilitate the arrival of a more reliable centre-forward, one better equipped to pressing high and relentlessly.
To avoid yet another relegation battle in the next campaign, the Saints need to address the lack of goals coming from their No.9s.
And by ditching Austin and bringing in a new name, Hasenhuttl could end up doing just that.
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