Charlie Austin could be set to leave Southampton this summer, with newly-promoted Aston Villa said to be interested in the 29-year-old’s services.
The same report also states Sheffield United are interested in Austin, leaving the striker not short of options if he does decide to leave St. Mary’s in this transfer window.
And considering the predicament he is in, it is probably wise if he does just that.
Back in April, Ralph Hasenhuttl told the former Queens Park Rangers man that he could leave the club, suggesting he would not be in the Austrian’s plans for the upcoming season.
“It’s a situation that you can maybe handle for a few months or half a year but not for five years because you are not born as a footballer to sit on the bench and not play,” Hasenhuttl was quoted as saying by the Daily Echo when speaking about Austin’s lack of opportunities.
“He is very clear and knows that in the summer he must maybe find another option that he plays more often.”
When you also consider the fact that the club have reportedly been chasing Che Adams, with The Sun reporting a take-it-or-leave-it £14million offer has been put on the table for Birmingham City, Austin’s future at St. Mary’s looks even more bleak.
He made just over 10 starts in the Premier League last season (as per WhoScored) and you would not expect that number to increase following the arrival of a new first-team striker.
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