Charlie Austin move not a gamble for Southampton says Charlie Nicholas

Charlie Austin

The striker recently completed a move from Queens Park Rangers.

Speaking on Sky Sports Soccer Saturday, broadcast from 12:30pm January 23, Charlie Nicholas says that Southampton signing Charlie Austin is not a gamble for the club.

The Saints moved quickly to secure a move for the former Queens Park Rangers man two weeks ago, with them eventually finalising a £4million deal.

That has been widely regarded as a fine piece of business from Ronald Koeman’s side, with the price looking a bargain for a striker who managed 42 goals in 82 league appearances for Rangers, including 18 in the Premier League last year.

And speaking after the 1-0 win over Manchester United, in which Austin bagged a debut goal, Nicholas said that the move wasn’t even a gamble and predicted Austin will get plenty of goals with the Saints.

“He’s nothing new Charlie Austin, but what he can guarantee you is goals,” Nicholas told Soccer Saturday.

“That’s a top commodity in modern football. We were talking about him going to other clubs for £15m or £20m and Southampton have got him for four. “

“It’s not even a gamble. It’s early for Charlie, but the one thing I know is Southampton makes chances, and if you make chances, Charlie Austin bags goals.”

It seems Austin may get the chance to be the leading man sooner rather than later at St Mary’s as well, with Graziano Pelle looking likely to leave.

The Italian forward has been a big hit since joining alongside Koeman, but has just 18 months left on his contract and has talked fondly of returning to Italy at some point in the future.

The arrival of Austin makes that a distinct possibility in the summer, and there is every chance the former QPR man will be handed a big role in the second half of the campaign. 

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