Why all the Premier League's top clubs should be eyeing Charlie Austin

QPR Crest

QPR's striker has seen his star rise since the West London club returned to the Premier League.

There are few forwards that have impressed as much as Charlie Austin in 2014-15, and the 25-year-old's performances are sure to have caught the eye of the country's top sides.

There are plenty of things that make Austin an attractive proposition to any top club looking for an attacker, with the QPR hotshot on the cusp of the England squad and still with his best years ahead of him. The forward has proven himself a natural goalscorer at every level he has played at, even though he had to make his name as a youngster in non-league football after being released by Reading as a youth.

His strike against Arsenal in the middle of the week was his 15th goal of the season, and demonstrated the sort of eye for goal that has made him one of the league's top marksman this year. Austin followed that narrow defeat up with another strong performance against Spurs, and was unlucky not to score after smashing an effort against the bar.

It is some impression Austin has made in his debut Premier League season, having scored over half of his club's goals.

If QPR do stay up, it will be in no small part to the performances of their striker. And if they are unable to beat the drop, the former Burnley and Swindon man is sure to be eager to remain in the top flight seeing how naturally he has taken to it.

Nearly all of the top six Premier League sides are looking out for a goalscorer to boost their attacking ranks.

It's perhaps just Manchester City who are happy with their strike force, having recruited Wilfried Bony in the January window. Certainly Liverpool and Tottenham would welcome an attacker to boost their ranks, with the Reds relying on Daniel Sturridge and struggling with him out of the side, and Spurs even more dependent on Harry Kane.

  TeamGoalsOntarget Scoring AttBig Chance ScoredDuel WonAerial WonAtt Hd GoalAppearancesMins Played
Sergio Agüero Man City 17 42 10 91 6 0 23 1648
Diego Costa Chelsea 17 34 14 84 25 2 21 1781
Harry Kane Tottenham 16 33 9 121 32 4 24 1687
Charlie Austin QPR 15 41 9 120 68 3 25 2169

Arsenal and Manchester United could also benefit from a proven Premier League goalscorer coming in, while Chelsea may seek back-up to Diego Costa with Didier Drogba approaching the end of his career, though whether Austin would be enough of a high profile signing for those latter three remains to be seen. 

The Englishman is particularly strong when it comes to tenacious play up front, winning as many duels for possession as Harry Kane and more than the double the aerial duels of the likes of Kane and Diego Costa.

Whatever happens to the R's, they may find their forward very much in demand come the season's end, and would surely demand top dollar if they were to approve of a deal.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch