It's been quite the journey for Charlie Austin. From bricklayer and part-time footballer, Austin has worked his way up from Poole Town to the Premier League, with stops at Swindon Town and Burnley in between.
His goalscoring record in his career is frankly phenomenal. In his last 264 games, Austin has scored 177 goals, including a hat-trick for current club Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.
Austin single handedly dragged QPR from 2-0 down at home to West Bromwich Albion to win the game 3-2, scoring all three goals.
His latest feats in front of goal put him behind only Diego Costa and Sergio Aguero in the Premier League goalscoring charts - and subsequently the highest scoring English striker in the top flight.
Unsurprisingly, the 25-year-old's success has triggered interest from the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham, and with his contract running out in 18 months time, there is concern at Loftus Road that Austin could up sticks and move on soon.
However, manager Harry Redknapp has fired a warning shot to Liverpool, Tottenham and any other interested clubs by saying the R's have no intention of letting their prized asset leave in January.
"If we sold Charlie Austin, we might as well go home," Redknapp said. "We need Charlie to keep doing what he’s doing and he can’t afford to take his foot off the gas."
Owner Tony Fernandes now needs to make sure Austin pens a new contract to stay in West London for the foreseeable future, but interest is growing - and it's easy to see the penalty box predator being attracted by a move to a bigger club.