Garth Crooks says Charlie Austin could be the saviour for Aston Villa

The QPR forward is unlikely to fancy a move to Villa Park, however.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Garth Crooks has said that Aston Villa signing Charlie Austin could save them from relegation this season.

Remi Garde’s side are currently rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table and now 11 points from safety after defeat to Norwich on Saturday afternoon.

They are winless since the opening day defeat of Bournemouth, a run which has almost certainly destined them to relegation come the end of the season.

Goals in particular have been hard to come by since they sold Christian Benteke, and Crooks believes that Charlie Austin could save them, although it will be difficult.

"I think it is going to be very difficult for Aston Villa to come back from this,” he told BBC Sport.

“This was a very important game for Villa. They're on eight points. It will be very difficult.”

‘If they could convince Charlie Austin to come to Villa Park it could yet be do-able but whether he can be convinced to come is a big question."

The problem for Aston Villa of course, will be tempting Austin into a move to Villa Park.

He is unlikely to be keen on such a switch at present, with him surely eyeing a long-term future in the Premier League, something Garde’s side won’t be offering unless a miracle occurs.

There is also likely to be plenty of other suitors for him, with several other Premier League clubs having been linked with moves for him before now.

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