QPR defender sees Charlie Austin going from strength to strength

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Queens Park Rangers defender Nedum Onuoha has seen Charlie Austin transformed from a 'raw' talent into a top Premier League striker.

Queens Park Rangers defender Nedum Onuoha has told Get West London that Charlie Austin is a Premier League performer that is getting better all the time.

Having helped to fire QPR to promotion last season, their top marksman has taken the top-flight by storm.

Austin is the top scoring Englishman within the elite ranks, with the target found 13 times this season.

Only global superstars Diego Costa and Sergio Aguero have bettered that return, for title-chasing Chelsea and Manchester City respectively.

Austin’s efforts have helped to keep QPR within touching distance of safety, and Ounoha acknowledges that a much-improved frontman could be the man to see them over the line.

He insists no-one is paying much attention to league standings, but is aware of the need to have talismanic performers such as Austin playing to the best of their ability.

Onuoha told Get West London: “I don’t really study the table because after 11 seasons if you win a succession of games, you don’t need to check it to know you’re headed in the right direction.

"It's good to see Charlie doing well. He came in and was a bit raw in parts, but with every game he gets a little bit better.”

  GoalsTotal Scoring AttOntarget Scoring AttHit WoodworkAppearancesMins Played
Charlie Austin 13 82 34 1 20 1,734

QPR snapped Austin up from Burnley in the summer of 2013.

He has plundered 33 goals in just 57 appearances for the capital outfit.

A three-year contract penned upon his arrival will take him through to 2016, but the Daily Mail has been among those to suggest that extension talks have already been opened.

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