With news of star-striker Danny Ings being out for three weeks, Southampton’s misery could actually work in Charlie Austin’s favour. The experienced striker has had a disappointing season, scoring only two goals in seventeen appearances, mostly from the bench.
However, with new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl trusting his out of form striker to come good, Austin needs to regain confidence in front of goal. The Saints face relegation candidates Fulham and defensively vulnerable Arsenal in the next few weeks, games which are primed for Austin to make a big impact.
The striker got his moment of glory earlier this season when he scored a thrilling winner against Arsenal. The former QPR striker’s goal-scoring ability is well known and he just needs to bring back that fire in him. The powerful Austin has the physical attributes to bully defenders and cause mayhem with his movement, something that could be vital during the business end of the campaign.
Facing the defensively shaky Fulham, amidst a tricky visit to the Emirates Stadium, Austin needs to come good. The Saints are enjoying inspired form under Hasenhuttl and the likes of Nathan Redmond & James Ward-Prowse are at their creative best. He’ll definitely get chances to score but needs to find back his lethal touch which terrorized opponents years ago.
Time is running out for Charlie Austin at Southampton. The upcoming weeks are his final ones to redeem himself at St.Marys’ or surely risk the end of the road for himself in the Premier League.
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