Can Conor Washington live up to Charlie Austin's standards at QPR?

Charlie Austin

Queens Park Rangers have brought in Conor Washington from Peterborough United as a replacement for the departed Charlie Austin.

Charlie Austin has been QPR's talisman for the past two-and-a-half years and they have relied on his goals heavily both in the Championship and the Premier League.

Once QPR's relegation was confirmed last season, Austin's departure was always likely, and he has been linked with practically every top flight club since then.

His replacement arrives in the form of Conor Washington who takes over the number 9 shirt at Loftus Road. The 23-year-old has joined from Peterborough United after a superb first half of the season in League One. The striker has scored 15 goals already this season, and particularly saw an upturn in his form following the arrival of manager Graham Westley at Peterborough


Washington shares many similarities with Charlie Austin, and he will be hoping to mirror his success at this level as well. Washington hadn't even played in the Football League up until August 2013 when he played in League Two for Newport County. As recently as September 2012 he was playing for St Ives Town in the Evo-Stik Southern League, the eight tier of English football. It was here where he caught the attention of higher clubs as he was prolific in scoring 52 goals in just 50 games.

Austin also impressed at that level early on his career; when he used to turn out for Poole Town in the Wessex League. Whilst plying his trade at that level, he worked as a bricklayer. Washington also had a part-time job a few years ago when he was playing at that level, he worked as a postman; but one would imagine his weekly wage at QPR could now be more than the average annual salary of a postman.

Austin also proved himself in League One with Swindon Town before moving up to the Championship with Burnley. Washington looks to be heading down that same path as his predecessor at QPR. Only time will tell whether the Premier League and an England call-up awaits for the former Newport County striker.

Washington will be helped and encouraged by the fact his new manager is one of the greatest strikers to have graced the Premier League. Jimmy Floyd Hasslebaink knew how to find the back of the net and will be able to give Washington great support and advice at QPR. Austin's boots are big ones to fill, but Hasselbaink has brought a like for like striker in as his replacement and he has the right credentials to go further.

Peterborough have a tradition under their chairman Darragh McAnthony of bringing through players from Non-League, giving them first-team exposure before selling them on to higher clubs for considerable profits. Dwight Gayle, Britt Assombalonga and George Boyd are just some of the names to have come through Peterborough before progressing further. Conor Washington is just the latest set to make a name for himself on the big stage.

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