Southampton's Charlie Austin offers his opinion on being rotated

Southampton's Charlie Austin celebrates scoring their second goal

The Saints forward has been in fine goalscoring form lately.

Southampton's Charlie Austin scores their third goal with a penaltySouthampton's Charlie Austin scores their third goal with a penalty

Southampton striker Charlie Austin seems pretty relaxed at the thought of being rotated, the Daily Echo reports

Manager Claude Puel has said that Austin isn't an endurance player and will look to rest him, as well as others, during a hectic fixture schedule. The forward has hit a rich vein of goalscoring form having scored seven goals in as many games in all competitions. 

Southampton manager Claude Puel as Charlie Austin is substitutedSouthampton manager Claude Puel as Charlie Austin is substituted

Austin is quoted in the Daily Echo, saying: “Whatever the gaffer wants. He rotates it and that’s the way it is. Hopefully I am [involved] but I just want to stay fit, keep scoring goals and helping the team put in performances like that (against Burnley)."

It's clear that Puel wants to keep all of his players in the best condition possible while steering his side through a very busy footballing period. One can imagine that the entire Southampton squad will want to be involved in the Europa League ties against Inter Milan - where they will feel they have a great opportunity of producing a famous win, but there are also big league games coming up. 

Southampton's Charlie Austin celebrates scoring their first goalSouthampton's Charlie Austin celebrates scoring their first goal

Manchester City away, Chelsea at home and Hull City away all feature before the next international break, as well as the EFL Cup against Sunderland. Puel will probably feel that he can't select all of his best players for every single fixture and will have to chop and change but it certainly represents an important period in their season where the Saints boss may have to prioritise one or two games. 

Southampton manager Claude Puel with assistant manager Eric BlackSouthampton manager Claude Puel with assistant manager Eric Black

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