There's only one club that desperately need Charlie Austin in January - QPR themselves

The 26-year-old will likely be linked to a wide array of clubs in January - but it's Queens Park Rangers who need the striker the most.

QPR's lack of goals without Charlie Austin this season has been well documented. At one stage, the west London side went on a run of games without the forward - ruled out through injury - where they only scored two goals. It was a run that lasted several weeks.

As soon as Austin returned, he was in among the goals once again. Against Brighton, the striker netted twice to earn the R's a point after they went 2-0 down.

The importance of the 26-year-old is not lost on any QPR fan. And, when Huddersfield visited Loftus Road on Bank Holiday Monday, the west London side's deficiencies without Austin were clear to see.

There was no one to pass to in the final third. Matt Phillips isn't a striker and kept dropping deep. QPR's wingers struggled to find space or link up with anyone. Sebastian Polter managed a scrappy goal when he came on in the second half but, throughout, the R's looked as though they were playing with 10 men.

That's why, if Austin is linked with Aston Villa, Sunderland, Tottenham Hotspur or any other Premier League team, it's actually QPR themselves who need the forward the most.

Even if Austin moves on when his contract expires in the summer, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink needs a prolific goalscorer for the rest of the current season. And, despite his fitness being an issue at times this term, who can QPR possibly sign that scores more than Austin without spending ridiculous money this January?

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