Last weekend saw Queens Park Rangers and Burnley finally succumb to their inevitable relegation. After months of fighting against the drop, the promoted pair were eventually cast adrift and unable to find enough to escape.
Whilst both sides have struggled throughout the campaign, they have each had a striker propping them up in the final third. Without this duo, they both would probably have been relegated a long time ago.
QPR have had Charlie Austin, who has directly contributed to 54% of Rangers’ goals in the Premier League this season. Meanwhile, Burnley have had Danny Ings, who himself has directly contributed to 52% of their goals.
That’s how important they have been, both being involved in over half of their team’s strikes, a very heavy reliance and it means that they will both be hot property for many Premier League clubs this summer.
Ings, 22, is a livewire and has three years advantage on Austin, 25. The Burnley man has bags of pace and likes to work the channels regularly, as well as running in behind.
Meanwhile, QPR’s hotshot is more of a penalty box striker, but is more powerful in the air. They are both expert finishers who will score goals when given the opportunity. To add to their appeal, both are young and English.
A quick look at the stats shows just how difficult it is to separate the pair. Austin’s 17 goals trumps Ings’ 10 from the same number of appearances, as does is superior shot accuracy of 67% to the Burnley man’s 41%.
However, Ings is younger and arguably has more potential and a better all-round game. He has created 34 chances on goal, which is 13 more than his striking counterpart. Ings also completes more of his dribbles, with 51% to Austin’s 39%.