The QPR ace was one of the most sought-after strikers on the market over the summer, following a superb campaign which saw him hit 18 Premier League goals in 35 matches, despite his team’s ensuing relegation.
His decision to remain at the Championship outfit was commendable, but it also poses an interesting situation, with his contract at Loftus Road expiring next summer.
With the Hoops out of the promotion mix in the second tier at present, many have speculated that the West London outfit would probably prefer to sell him in January rather than lose him for nothing in July.
Villa, one of those said to be interested, must do all they can to bring him in.
The Villans have so far endured a disastrous campaign, embarking on a run of just one win in 12 matches which led to the sacking of Tim Sherwood and Remi Garde being named as his successor.
The Midlands outfit have a number of problems, but one major cause for concern has been their inability to score goals, as they’ve evidently struggled to replace now-Liverpool striker Christian Benteke.
For the most part, Villa are competitive in matches but they’ve too often been on the end of narrow defeats, such as the 1-0 home losses to Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion.
They need a renowned goal scorer in January, and who better than 26-year-old Austin? The thought of him alongside the powerful Rudy Gestede is certainly an interesting proposition.
Considering his contract situation, Villa will not need to pay over the odds and the guarantee which they will be getting is a natural goal scorer with plenty of miles left on the clock.
But arguably of greater importance is the fact that Austin provides a safety net in the case of relegation, as acquiring him in January will assure Villa that they have the right tools in order to immediately bounce back.