QPR striker Charlie Austin praises Harry Redknapp's management

Harry Redknapp

Charlie Austin was brought to Queens Park Rangers by Harry Redknapp.

Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin believes that Harry Redknapp helped to mould him into the player he is today.

The striker told the Daily Mail that Redknapp developed his game considerably during his time at Loftus Road, helping him to become a much more dangerous proposition for opponents.

Indeed, the 25-year-old front-man says that he was shocked when Redknapp opted to leave his post, but he will always remember the role the experienced manager played in his career.

"Harry Redknapp took me to QPR and with all his experience he brought me on as a player and then gave me the chance, getting promoted, to start as a Premier League centre-forward," he said. "I was surprised when Harry left, but he's had his problems with his knee and you've got to put your health first."

Austin has been QPR's main attacking threat this season and even if they do go down, he is likely to remain in the Premier League.

The former Swindon Town man has adapted to life in the top-flight with relative ease, and his return of 17 goals is hugely impressive.

Austin has shown that he is a threat at any level and QPR's chances of keeping him next year may depend on them being able to stay in the top division.

It means that they have added motivation to pick up enough points to keep themselves safe in their final four fixtures, but doing so will be easier said than done.

The R's are currently four points adrift of from safety and, with Liverpool and Manchester City to come in their next two matches, the fixture list has not been kind to them.

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