Analysing Charlie Austin as possible forward option for Mauricio Pochettino at White Hart Lane

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According to reports, Tottenham Hotspur will make a move for Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin.

According to the Daily Mail, Tottenham are considering a move for Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin as their attempts to land a new forward drag on.

The Englishman, who is yet to represent his country despite being called up to the national squad, is emerging as an option for Spurs ahead of the transfer deadline.

Reports suggest that the Lilywhites are prepared to pay QPR's £15 million asking price for the player, with the club's move for West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino being delayed due to Tony Pulis' hefty financial demands.

Mauricio Pochettino is desperate to land a new centre forward to carry the goalscoring burden with prolific Harry Kane, and the Daily Mail suggest he will now ease the youngster's workload with a move for Austin.

Amid speculation, HITC Sport have analysed the statistics from the duo's impressive 2014/15 campaigns to see just how much of an impact the 26-year-old's arrival would have at White Hart Lane.

 Stats per Game TeamGoalsShot Accuracy (%)Key PassesBig Chances CreatedDribble Success (%)Success PassesPass Accuracy (%)Appearances
Harry Kane Tottenham 0.62 42 0.79 0.15 40.98 19.09 75.12 34
Charlie Austin QPR 0.51 41 0.69 0.09 40.54 14.2 65.92 35

Having finished the season with 21 league strikes to his name, compared to Austin's 18, Kane quite comfortably outperformed the QPR man in terms of his goal output.

Having averaged 0.62 goals per game to his senior's 0.51, he clearly proved superior in this respect.

However, when it comes to overall shot accuracy there is little to split the duo, with Kane accurate from 42% of his attempts and Austin accurate from 41% of his. 

Kane also emerges superior creatively. Not only did he fashion more chances per game (0.79 to 0.69), he also more big chances for his teammates (0.15 to 0.09).

The Tottenham striker was also marginally more successful in take-ons, completing 40.98% of his attempts to dribble past an opponent, compared to Austin's 40.54%.

The Spurs man completed an average of 19.09 successful passes per game in the Premier League last season, compared to 14.2 managed by Austin - an insignificant difference, perhaps.

However, there is more to separate the duo in terms of their overall pass completion, with Kane averaging a success rate of 75%, to Austin's 66%.

The competition provided by Austin would undoubtedly further Kane's development. However, question marks remain over his suitability to the role he would be asked to fill - second fiddle to his younger compatriot.

At 26 years of age, at the peak of his game, the former Swindon striker will not make a move to sit on the bench, which makes a move to White Hart Lane nonsensical. 

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