Three clubs who already look like they should have signed Charlie Austin

Newcastle United, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur could all do with the Queens Park Rangers striker right now.

Newcastle United

After five Premier League games, Newcastle sit bottom of the top-flight table. Steve McClaren's men have faced tough fixtures but they still won't have wanted to simply carry in on the same vein as last season's disastrous campaign.

Up front, they've struggled. Papiss Cisse looked short of ideas at West Ham and Aleksandar Mitrovic looks like he'll never last more than half an hour without getting suspended. The beauty of Charlie Austin's ability is that, at QPR last term, he produced goals out of nothing - split-second clinical finishes while his side were under the cosh.

Newcastle could certainly do with that right now and the Magpies look a little silly now that McClaren has confirmed the 26-year-old will be on their radar from January and beyond. The couple of million the club looked to save over the summer could end up costing them half a season of valuable goals.

Aston Villa

Aston Villa fans haven't failed to miss a lack of sharpness up front so far this season. And it's no wonder when Tim Sherwood keeps on playing Gabriel Agbonlahor as a centre-forward over and over and over. Rudy Gestede hasn't quite made the desired impact yet at Villa Park and the likes of Jordan Ayew haven't settled, either.

In behind the striker, though, Aston Villa's men looked good going forward against Leicester City. With QPR's Austin up front, Villa would provide even more of a threat generally and, against Leicester, may well have possessed the perfect player to kill the game off.

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham have become far too predictable going forward. Mauricio Pochettino was able to change the game against Sunderland by bringing Erik Lamela and Andros Townsend on but those kind of substitutions have often backfired for the Spurs boss, while the north London side were languid at the Stadium of Light for 75 minutes or so.

Harry Kane is the main man at White Hart Lane and nothing will change that but Tottenham could have taken a leaf out of England's book with someone like Austin. Against Switzerland, Roy Hodgson brought Kane on to surprise the Swiss back four and immediately get more out of Wayne Rooney.

Had Tottenham gone for the QPR striker instead of their ill-fated pursuit of Saido Berahino, they could have brought him on at any time, ruffling feathers and taking the pressure off Kane, who right now is being man marked relentlessly.

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for NEWCASTLE UNITED team updates

Register for ASTON VILLA team updates

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch