West Brom ace Charlie Austin raves about Baggies boss Slaven Bilic

Slaven Bilic the head coach

The Baggies brought the 30-year-old striker to The Hawthorns this summer and he got off the mark for Albion last weekend.

Charlie Austin of West Bromwich Albion during the Carabao Cup First Round match between West Bromwich Albion and Millwall at The Hawthorns on August 13, 2019 in West Bromwich, England.

West Bromwich Albion striker Charlie Austin has spoken out about his decision to join the Baggies from Southampton and hailed West Brom manager Slaven Bilic as "the real deal".

The 30-year-old joined The Hawthorns on transfer deadline day for a reported £4million fee (BBC Sport) after three-and-a-half seasons at the Premier League club, in which he made 81 appearances and scored 20 goals.

Following his move, some Saints supporters were happy to see the back of Austin, who had not exactly endeared himself to the fanbase over the summer, as per the general reaction to one of his tweets in July in which he seemingly suggested that he had been frozen out of Ralph Hasenhuttl's plans.

 

Austin had to wait to break his Championship duck for West Brom but he did so last weekend, getting the third Baggies goal in a 4-2 win over Cardiff City as he raced clear and slotted past Alex Smithies after Matheus Pereira and substitute Kyle Edwards had linked up to put him through.

"I had one year left at Southampton. If we’re talking about money, I could stayed there, collected it all and trained with the under 23s and not lifted a finger," Austin told Stan Collymore’s Last Word podcast, as also quoted by the Birmingham Mail. “But that would’ve been nearly 18 months out of playing football. Instead, I’m going to play for this man, this football team. They’re going to supply with me with great crosses and I’m going to score endless amounts of goals - which I’m going to do.

Slaven Bilic, Manager of West Bromwich Albion during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and West Bromwich Albion at the City Ground, Nottingham on Saturday 3rd August...

"To get promoted is the goal. Top six, that’s it. Last week when I spoke to the manager, I knew he was the real deal. He put his arm around me and he said ‘don’t get too frustrated. You know you’ve not played football properly for over a year. It’ll take time but it’ll work for you here, trust me’. I just sat in my car on the way home and thought ‘he’s the real deal’. I’ve not had anyone since Harry Redknapp put his arm around me like that."

Up next for West Brom is their Championship trip to Middlesbrough when the league resumes next week.

Charlie Austin of West Bromwich Albion celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 3-1 during the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Cardiff City at The Hawthorns...

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