Victor Wanyama on what Charlie Austin will give Southampton

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Austin scored on his debut after coming off the bench in the win over Manchester United at the weekend.

Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama said the squad was proud of new signing Charlie Austin as he came off the bench to score the winner on his debut for the Saints against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The forward - who signed from Queens Park Rangers - wasted little time in making an impact as his goal meant a third successive league win for the Saints to move them into the top half of the Premier League.

Wanyama believes it is more than just goals that Austin will provide for the side, and is quoted in the Southern Daily Echo, saying: "You come for a first game, you come off the bench and then you get a goal like that – it’s just amazing.”

“We are really pleased with him and how he worked in training as well.”

“He will be very important to the team. He brings goals and his work ethic is very good for the team.”

Austin certainly provides another option for the Saints and takes the goalscoring burden off the shoulders of Graziano Pelle and Shane Long.

Austin's goal record for Queens Park Rangers during last season - where he managed to score 18 goals for a side that was relegated from the top flight - certainly shows that Southampton have added firepower.

One can only imagine the kind of record he can have in an established Premier League side, and at 26 years old, the chances are there could be some improvement to come.

Another proven goalscorer in their ranks who will work their socks off is a very good combination for any side to have. If Austin can continue from where he started then Southampton have arguably made the shrewdest move of this transfer window. 

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