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Title: Charlie Austin
Post by: royhan on August 08, 2019, 08:26:41 AM
We are in talks with Charlie Austin, Sky Is reporting.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: tommcneill on August 08, 2019, 08:27:32 AM
Personally think Austin would be a good goalscorer for us
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: lewisant on August 08, 2019, 08:28:08 AM
Mark McCadam on Twitter - the guy who is always on the 9am transfer show.

Sky Sources:

West Brom in talks with Southampton over a deal to buy Charlie Austin.

#SaintsFC #WBA
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: tuamigos on August 08, 2019, 08:35:20 AM
Mark McCadam on Twitter - the guy who is always on the 9am transfer show.

Sky Sources:

West Brom in talks with Southampton over a deal to buy Charlie Austin.

#SaintsFC #WBA

Backed up in the mail

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-7336373/Transfer-news-West-Brom-line-double-deadline-day-swoop-Charlie-Austin-Chris-Willock.html
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: wbarenno on August 08, 2019, 08:48:14 AM
Charlie Austin is head and shoulders above any strikers we’ve been linked to over the past couple of days . Get it done
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Albionic on August 08, 2019, 08:49:47 AM
Charlie Austin is head and shoulders above any strikers we’ve been linked to over the past couple of days . Get it done
Another  Ricky Lambert, keep well away!!
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: jimmyj on August 08, 2019, 08:55:04 AM
Austin doesn't do it for me. Terrible injury record, and already had the chance to come to us earlier in the window and was very dismissive, from what I recall.

The young winger from Benfica is interesting. We seem to be building a young, developing, ambitious squad with plenty of future resale value.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Foster#1 on August 08, 2019, 09:13:42 AM
The comparisons between Austin/lambert are a joke.

He would be a quality signing. Can't believe some wouldn't take him. Good job some aren't managers. Wed be in real trouble
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: baggiebof on August 08, 2019, 09:18:02 AM
Daily Mail says Austin is a loan.


Jason Burt of the Telegraph reports that it is a permanent deal. He has never been renowned for knowing much about us but he appears to be particularly close to Bilic so could be some truth in it.

I do not like the idea of Austin; a player with a record of injuries, past his peak having not been successful in recent times is the exact profile of player I prefer to steer clear of. He may prove to be a good addition but I prefer us to stay away from this profile of player. fortunately the rest of our signings this summer haven't been of this profile so one risk may be ok. He certainly will be suited to playing the lone man up front better than Gayle.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: seteefeet on August 08, 2019, 09:18:10 AM
Wasn't too keen on Austin but, with the amount of wingers we are bringing in, he could get an absolute hat full in this league (I think I could get 10 ). Would also replace Rodriguez as penalty taker so that would certainly be in safe hands.
QPR mate says we win the league if we get him, rates him as a beast from his time there.
If fit, this could be the 20 goal striker we need, let's not be too quick to write him off.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Atomic on August 08, 2019, 09:18:31 AM
The comparisons between Austin/lambert are a joke.

He would be a quality signing. Can't believe some wouldn't take him. Good job some aren't managers. Wed be in real trouble


I agree. Austin would be terrific in this league. Get him in.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: overseas baggie on August 08, 2019, 09:19:45 AM
Austin doesn't do it for me. Terrible injury record, and already had the chance to come to us earlier in the window and was very dismissive, from what I recall.

The young winger from Benfica is interesting. We seem to be building a young, developing, ambitious squad with plenty of future resale value.

Nonsense.  His injury record last season was fine. He either started or was on the bench for more than 30 games.   Yes he turned us down earlier - didn’t want to leave Saints and didn’t want to drop down a division.  Nothing wrong with wanting to play in the PL.

Would be an excellent signing and would soon be a cult hero here.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: staticboy on August 08, 2019, 09:21:12 AM
Matt Wilson
@mattwilson_star
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As reported elsewhere, #wba are trying to sign Charlie Austin on a permanent deal from Southampton. Striker is travelling to the Midlands this morning for talks

Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Foster#1 on August 08, 2019, 09:22:14 AM

I agree. Austin would be terrific in this league. Get him in.

Only comparison I can see is that both played for Southampton. Nothing else .

As you say, get him In
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Mister AT on August 08, 2019, 09:24:24 AM
Matt Wilson
@mattwilson_star
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2m
As reported elsewhere, #wba are trying to sign Charlie Austin on a permanent deal from Southampton. Striker is travelling to the Midlands this morning for talks

Charlie Austin on a perm deal is very confusing.

If you compare it to us signing Gayle, you would argue that its very similar.

Austin is older
Austin and Gayle would probably be offered the same wages
Austin may cost a few million less

Overall the deals would be very similar, high wages, no sell on value. Makes the whole comments about not signing Gayle very bizzare.


That being said, a fully fit Charlie Austin in a championship team with Sawyers, Krovonovic, Phillips, Edwards, Pereria all supplying him, you would hope he would hit 20 goals.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Fritzl Palace on August 08, 2019, 09:25:20 AM
Austin, subject to the medical, would be a great signing. I do worry about his fitness, but at this level he will score goals for fun as he has done previously.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: tucka9 on August 08, 2019, 09:26:43 AM
Charlie Austin on a perm deal is very confusing.

If you compare it to us signing Gayle, you would argue that its very similar.

Austin is older
Austin and Gayle would probably be offered the same wages
Austin may cost a few million less

Overall the deals would be very similar, high wages, no sell on value. Makes the whole comments about not signing Gayle very bizzare.


That being said, a fully fit Charlie Austin in a championship team with Sawyers, Krovonovic, Phillips, Edwards, Pereria all supplying him, you would hope he would hit 20 goals.
Think Southampton are desperate to get rid of him so the fee could be a lot cheaper than we think compared to Gayle’s reported £15-20million
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: wbawill on August 08, 2019, 09:27:36 AM
Austin is the wrong side of 30 and hasn't got into double figures since 2015. If it's a loan, then fine; if it's a permanent signing with any significant fee, it's bad business. I also hope he's not the only striker we plan to bring in. If he is, we could be in trouble.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: baggiebof on August 08, 2019, 09:30:31 AM
Charlie Austin on a perm deal is very confusing.

If you compare it to us signing Gayle, you would argue that its very similar.

Austin is older
Austin and Gayle would probably be offered the same wages
Austin may cost a few million less


I would suggest that his wages would be less, the transfer fee obviously would be less and also the Austin deal would probably be a two-year contract, maybe even a 1+1 but Gayle will be seeking his last big deal and would want a 4-year deal I would imagine. The Gayle deal would cost the club far more. Finally, Austin will suit the 4231 we played on the weekend better than Gayle.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: lewisant on August 08, 2019, 09:37:25 AM
Charlie Austin on a perm deal is very confusing.

If you compare it to us signing Gayle, you would argue that its very similar.

Austin is older
Austin and Gayle would probably be offered the same wages
Austin may cost a few million less

Overall the deals would be very similar, high wages, no sell on value. Makes the whole comments about not signing Gayle very bizzare.


That being said, a fully fit Charlie Austin in a championship team with Sawyers, Krovonovic, Phillips, Edwards, Pereria all supplying him, you would hope he would hit 20 goals.

Offered the same wages doesn't necessarily mean they'd be accepting it. Gayle reportedly on huge wages.

I think Austin is a good shout, i'd be happy. I think with the injury record a young under study could be needed.

Talking about it on SSN now.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Baggies on August 08, 2019, 09:59:10 AM
Austin went all of last season uninjured didn't he? I think it is a bit of an obvious signing and also one that could have been done earlier in the window, but if he stays fit he has the track record at this level to get between 15 and 20 goals.

Decent option, even if i'd prefer us to have unearthed a bitnof a gem from abroad.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: NJS on August 08, 2019, 10:08:44 AM
Austin, subject to the medical, would be a great signing. I do worry about his fitness, but at this level he will score goals for fun as he has done previously.

Austin has rejected us in a previous transfer window and earlier on in this.
He's getting desperate.  Is he  likely to come in get himself on the treatment table as much as possible and pick up his pay checks?
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: timdon on August 08, 2019, 10:23:05 AM
Charlie Austin. Well past his best. 2 goals in 25 appearances last season. Wrong side of 30. If previous reports are to be believed, not especially motivated to come here. Would he be a good signing? I don't think so. Those advocating signing him are remembering the Austin of a few years ago, not the current one.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: tommcneill on August 08, 2019, 10:25:09 AM
Charlie Austin would be a great signing for me....wrong side of 30?? hes turned 30 a month ago!!

He wills score a lot of goals...exactly what we need
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Pie on August 08, 2019, 10:26:02 AM
I would be happy with Austin, with the strength we will have on the wings (assuming the Perreira and Diangana deals come through) he will bury the crosses.

However I would like a 2nd striker (either a loan for a youngster from a  big club or someone like this Buksa) to give more options should we get injuries.

Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: MarkW on August 08, 2019, 10:31:13 AM
His last good season was 14/15 with QPR.

I'm wary
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: alex1 on August 08, 2019, 11:01:22 AM
I would take Austin as he is a proven goalscorer, unlike so many forwards. Bit worried he's turned us down previously, but maybe those other Prem clubs are not coming in for him. Bit like us really. We'd probably take Gayle as a preference, but if he's not on offer, we take the next best.  But we must absolutely have another goalscoring striker.
Otherwise Zohore, Burke and HRK are the options up top.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: albion59 on August 08, 2019, 11:02:40 AM
A fit Austin wound be a good Austin always liked him. But!
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Hull Baggie on August 08, 2019, 11:33:39 AM
I'd be happy with Austin, fits into the system we are trying to play and has a good solid goal scoring record (134 gls in 291 games (inc subs) in league for all clubs). His injury record is a slight concern but the fact he's played pretty consistently for last 18 months takes the edge off it for me.



Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: tuamigos on August 08, 2019, 11:34:43 AM
Austin having a medical at training ground according to this
https://www.footballinsider247.com/sources-proven-pl-player-undergoing-west-brom-medical-after-terms-agreed/
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: LiamTheBaggie on August 08, 2019, 12:36:37 PM
Deserves his own thread:

https://www.expressandstar.com/sport/football/west-bromwich-albion/2019/08/08/southampton-striker-charlie-austin-in-talks-with-west-brom-over-deadline-day-move/
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: KN22 on August 08, 2019, 12:37:28 PM
Is this a done deal then??
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: LiamTheBaggie on August 08, 2019, 12:39:15 PM
Is this a done deal then??

Not quite - but there are concrete links and it will prevent a good, reasoned discussion being lost in the tat thread.

Good goalscorer in this division - hopefully he will work well with the likes of Krov.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: FallOutBoy on August 08, 2019, 12:55:11 PM
I don't fancy him. This seasons Ricky Lambert.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: andibaggy on August 08, 2019, 12:57:39 PM
IMO 5 years too late.

We missed out on him for £1m when he went to the Saints, we were livid back then- he hasn't done a lot since.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: 65baggie on August 08, 2019, 12:58:59 PM
Good signing at this level, will get chances with those around him
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Foster#1 on August 08, 2019, 12:59:42 PM
Holloway raving about him on sky
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: KN22 on August 08, 2019, 01:00:33 PM
I don't fancy him. This seasons Ricky Lambert.

Will be a way better signing than Lambert imo. If we were a premier league club I wouldn't say this but, at the level we are currently, he is good.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: tuamigos on August 08, 2019, 01:12:37 PM
Holloway raving about him on sky

Holloway is raving anyway with or without Austin
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: The Black Pearl on August 08, 2019, 01:40:13 PM
Good signing, only 30, very good finisher
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: WBAinDEVON on August 08, 2019, 01:46:33 PM
a quote from our friend mr tigg on fb

Hopefully Charlie Austin leaves and goes West Brom. Will do good in the championship but has an awful attitude.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: wappingbaggie on August 08, 2019, 01:56:45 PM
Townsend kanu Anelka lambert sturridge   

No interest in coming here

Way past their best

Not fit

Cynically looking to squeeze one last pay day out

Zero on sell value

how many times do we have to make this mistake for us to learn not to repeat it

Im so disappointed
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: TheJacko2000 on August 08, 2019, 01:59:56 PM
Townsend kanu Anelka lambert sturridge   

No interest in coming here

Way past their best

Not fit

Cynically looking to squeeze one last pay day out

Zero on sell value

how many times do we have to make this mistake for us to learn not to repeat it

Im so disappointed


He's just turned 30. Nothing like the others.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: divinewind on August 08, 2019, 02:05:10 PM
We need someone to stick the ball in the net, that's what he does. I don't care what else he does or what he thinks.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: seteefeet on August 08, 2019, 02:05:37 PM
Townsend kanu Anelka lambert sturridge   

No interest in coming here

Way past their best

Not fit

Cynically looking to squeeze one last pay day out

Zero on sell value

how many times do we have to make this mistake for us to learn not to repeat it

Im so disappointed
Kanu was 28 (allegedly) and was ace

Townsend - 36
Anelka - 34
Lambert - 33

Therefore Sturridge is the only genuine comparison to Austin in terms of age, but that was in the Prem, so Rodriguez and Gayle are a more like for like.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: AlterAlbion91 on August 08, 2019, 02:07:03 PM

He's just turned 30. Nothing like the others.

In fact Austin is younger than Rodriguez!
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: stoxman on August 08, 2019, 02:07:15 PM
Not sure what to make.   Whenever we sign a Lambert/ Kanu/ Andelka/ Hartson there is always a feeling of “fox in a hen house”- a great striker dropping down a division and playing against poorer defenders should be able to walk in the goals.  In practice, I can only think of SKP as a “once great” striker who stepped down to us and did brilliantly...
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: lewisant on August 08, 2019, 02:09:09 PM
Sky Sources:

CHARLIE AUSTIN passes medical and agrees a deal to join West Brom from Southampton.

Fee believed to be around £4 million.

2 year deal with a one year option.

#SaintsFC #wba
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Oldbury24 on August 08, 2019, 02:11:19 PM
Townsend kanu Anelka lambert sturridge   

No interest in coming here
Way past their best
Not fit
Cynically looking to squeeze one last pay day out
Zero on sell value
how many times do we have to make this mistake for us to learn not to repeat it
Im so disappointed

Would rather stay in PL - wouldn't you?
If he was at his best we wouldn't be in the market for him
By account has had a reasonable last 12 months fitness wise? And still popped in the odd PL goal
I don't see many footballers out there who go onto be charity workers and I imagine Southampton will need to iether contribute to his wages or pay him off.
1 year left on his contract so should be minimal outlay
Beggars and choosers....we WANTED the Albanian!!
Be disappointed when he breaks down after five games having scored no goals.

For the position we are in (Chump club on last day of the window) he would be a decent signing.   Compare to Wells and Hogan who have already moved.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: KYA on August 08, 2019, 02:11:43 PM
Townsend kanu Anelka lambert sturridge   

No interest in coming here

Way past their best

Not fit

Cynically looking to squeeze one last pay day out

Zero on sell value

how many times do we have to make this mistake for us to learn not to repeat it

Im so disappointed
Austin wanted to stay in the Premier hardly at a stage of looking for one last payday.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: socalbaggie on August 08, 2019, 02:11:56 PM
As the saying goes “beggars can’t be choosers”!! I think if he stays fit and and determined he should get us a good 16-20 goals especially if he’s taking penalties. We’re so desperate for recent proven goal scorers I can see why some are disappointed and feel underwhelmed seeing that he’s only scored 9 goals in two seasons. Regular playing time a drop in division with good service it could turn out to be a good addition. Am glad it’s only a year long loan deal though!
Would be thrilled to see us sign another striker in the next couple hours!
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: alex1 on August 08, 2019, 02:12:45 PM
Sky Sources:

CHARLIE AUSTIN passes medical and agrees a deal to join West Brom from Southampton.

Fee believed to be around £4 million.

2 year deal with a one year option.

#SaintsFC #wba
Had expected a higher fee, but nevertheless pleased we've got another, or even one,  recognised goalscoring striker.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: baggie82 on August 08, 2019, 02:19:36 PM
if he stays fit

Thats the big issue. Good goalscorer, just need him up to speed and firing.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: BalisPen on August 08, 2019, 02:20:46 PM
Had expected a higher fee, but nevertheless pleased we've got another, or even one,  recognised goalscoring striker.

I didn't expect there to be a fee at all, and can only think the £4m was wanted by Southampton to pay him off. Would have much preferred a loan though.

They were desperate to get him out so I hope we haven't paid him stupid wages and a fee.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Baggie79 on August 08, 2019, 02:22:30 PM
being reported in several outlets that he has now signed.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: boinging_along on August 08, 2019, 02:24:06 PM
CHARLIE AUSTIN passes medical and agrees a deal to join West Brom from Southampton.

Fee believed to be around £4 million.

2 year deal with a one year option.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Barrington on August 08, 2019, 02:25:12 PM
If he stays fit for most of the season I reckon he will be one of our top players and make a big difference. He's a proven finisher, just what we need.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: BalisPen on August 08, 2019, 02:25:49 PM
CHARLIE AUSTIN passes medical and agrees a deal to join West Brom from Southampton.

Fee believed to be around £4 million.

2 year deal with a one year option.

Talksport reporting he's taken a massive wage reduction to come to us, but that doesn't mean he was paid off by the Saints.

I hope he bangs them in for us. Welcome and good luck.

Shame Nketiah is going to Leeds.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: royhan on August 08, 2019, 02:26:21 PM
Potentially a good signing if he stays fit. We will have plenty of capable players to provide the ammunition for him
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Nocky on August 08, 2019, 02:30:22 PM
Would have preferred Gayle but we desperately needed a goalscorer up front and Austin definitely fits the bill. Very happy with this one. He's a great finisher so you'd expect him to do well with the creative players we have around him.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: TheBrom on August 08, 2019, 02:31:50 PM
Really pleased with this one. Good fee and contract length. Think he's an upgrade on Rodriguez too personally.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Atomic on August 08, 2019, 02:33:11 PM
Let's not jump the gun, signing hasn't been completed yet. Until it's official he's not ours, no matter how close.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: TheBrom on August 08, 2019, 02:34:42 PM
Not sure what to make.   Whenever we sign a Lambert/ Kanu/ Andelka/ Hartson there is always a feeling of “fox in a hen house”- a great striker dropping down a division and playing against poorer defenders should be able to walk in the goals.  In practice, I can only think of SKP as a “once great” striker who stepped down to us and did brilliantly...

I'd argue that out of that list only Hartson played with us below the Prem and wasn't that bad. The other 3 all signed and played for us in the prem so hardly dropped down a division to play against poorer defenders..
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: KYA on August 08, 2019, 02:43:15 PM
Passed medical and agreed terms just waiting for the holding of the shirt!
https://stmarysmusings.sbnation.com/2019/8/8/20783144/gossip-charlie-austin-reportedly-completes-west-brom-medical-southampton-saints-transfer-news-update
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Baggies on August 08, 2019, 02:58:43 PM
Sam Wallace, chief football writer for telegraph and very well respected in media has reported the deal has now been completed. Would imagine we will see a confirmation tweet from club in next 30 mins.

Hope the rumours of a poor attitude are incorrect, as on the face of it he could do well here.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: phbaggies on August 08, 2019, 03:01:23 PM
Interesting to read it was a loan deal he turned down with us earlier in the Summer, wanted a bit of security, cant blame him!
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Oldbury24 on August 08, 2019, 03:13:27 PM
Sam Wallace, chief football writer for telegraph and very well respected in media has reported the deal has now been completed. Would imagine we will see a confirmation tweet from club in next 30 mins.

Hope the rumours of a poor attitude are incorrect, as on the face of it he could do well here.

I remember him really losing his **** over a goal being disallowed - don't mind that!!!
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: don1thedon on August 08, 2019, 03:18:45 PM
Signed
https://www.wba.co.uk/news/2019/august/austin-joins-albion/
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: bradleysrocket on August 08, 2019, 03:19:25 PM
Announced at 3:16. Wrestling geeks will be laughing their pubes off.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: TheJacko2000 on August 08, 2019, 03:20:32 PM
£4 million fee, 2 year deal. And the greatest announcement time ever.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Pie on August 08, 2019, 03:22:16 PM
Cant wait for Saturday - although he hasn't really played pre season so may take a couple of weeks to get going

Welcome to the Baggies
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Atomic on August 08, 2019, 03:22:24 PM
Great signing. Get in. Now we're looking like the business. Perreira next please then if I die today I die happy lol.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Fritzl Palace on August 08, 2019, 03:22:57 PM
Genius. And a great signing. Improvement on the outgoing J-Rod.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: mulliganstired on August 08, 2019, 03:23:52 PM
Never been a great fan, always thought he fancied himself a bit too much, but if he wants to let everyone know he's still around by knocking them in in the champ for us, I'll be happy with that, he could be a real bully in this league.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: alex1 on August 08, 2019, 03:25:22 PM
Very pleased about this. Good goalscoring pedigree and a bit of a ruthless streak about him. From the photo, seems to have gone grey rather rapidly. 
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: geoff on August 08, 2019, 03:26:13 PM
He's got the finnishing prowes that we need in & around the box,Great price along with the right lengh of contract.
Welcome Charlie,Bong Bong.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: don1thedon on August 08, 2019, 03:27:48 PM
Welcome to The Hawthorns Stone Cold Charlie!
Title: Re: Signed Official - Charlie Austin
Post by: tommcneill on August 08, 2019, 03:27:54 PM
Officially signed https://www.wba.co.uk/news/2019/august/austin-joins-albion/

Title: Re: Signed Official - Charlie Austin
Post by: bradleysrocket on August 08, 2019, 03:29:51 PM
Goal scoring record in the championship of 70 in 132. That’ll do the job.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Atomic on August 08, 2019, 03:30:12 PM
Very pleased about this. Good goalscoring pedigree and a bit of a ruthless streak about him. From the photo, seems to have gone grey rather rapidly.


It was all the worry in case he didn't put pen to paper in time.  ;D
Title: Re: Signed Official - Charlie Austin
Post by: koren on August 08, 2019, 03:30:45 PM
Welcome Charlie.  :)

£4m for a proven goalscorer in championship, good deal by the club if he stays fit.
Title: Re: Signed Official - Charlie Austin
Post by: AlbionFan on August 08, 2019, 03:31:55 PM
Welcome aboard the good ship Albion Charlie
Title: Re: Signed Official - Charlie Austin
Post by: Smethwickender93 on August 08, 2019, 03:33:18 PM
Welcome Charlie

So excited for this season ahead now!
Title: Re: Signed Official - Charlie Austin
Post by: Oldbury24 on August 08, 2019, 03:34:54 PM
Welcome Charlie.  :)

£4m for a proven goalscorer in championship, good deal by the club if he stays fit.

One injury plagued thirty year old but proven goalscorer out and one thirty year old injury plagued but proven goalscorer in....with a million plus quid in the bank and another £5m to come??  Is Jeremy back in the building? 

Happy with that!!
Title: Re: Signed Official - Charlie Austin
Post by: WBAinDEVON on August 08, 2019, 03:36:40 PM
taken a significant pay cut, nice hair. welcome charlie
Title: Re: Signed Official - Charlie Austin
Post by: sandbachbaggie on August 08, 2019, 03:39:55 PM
Announced at 3:16, classic! Stone Cold Charlie...
Great signing
Title: Re: Signed Official - Charlie Austin
Post by: hardtobeat on August 08, 2019, 03:41:17 PM
Not only his obvious goals record but has the nous and experience to help others along.
Title: Re: Signed Official - Charlie Austin
Post by: beechyboy90 on August 08, 2019, 03:59:24 PM
If he can emulate Kevin Phillips then it's shrewd.
Title: Re: Signed Official - Charlie Austin
Post by: KN22 on August 08, 2019, 04:13:50 PM
Good news indeed. Welcome Charlie
Title: Re: Signed Official - Charlie Austin
Post by: alex1 on August 08, 2019, 04:18:54 PM
Announced at 3:16, classic! Stone Cold Charlie...
Great signing
What's the significance of that?
Title: Re: Signed Official - Charlie Austin
Post by: Albionic on August 08, 2019, 04:20:52 PM
interested to get peoples views as to wether Austin and Zohore could be a partnership?
Title: Re: Signed Official - Charlie Austin
Post by: Oldbury24 on August 08, 2019, 04:27:10 PM
interested to get peoples views as to wether Austin and Zohore could be a partnership?

Just watched their highlights and yes, definitely.  Options.
Title: Re: Signed Official - Charlie Austin
Post by: VANDERLEI on August 08, 2019, 04:29:39 PM
What's the significance of that?

Austin 3:16 says I just whooped you're ass
Title: Re: Signed Official - Charlie Austin
Post by: don1thedon on August 08, 2019, 04:36:34 PM
Austin 3:16 says I just whooped you're ass
Wrestler Steve Austin’s introduction to WWE stardom;
https://www.sportskeeda.com/wwe/what-does-stone-cold-steve-austins-316-actually-mean
Title: Re: Signed Official - Charlie Austin
Post by: gazberg on August 08, 2019, 05:11:28 PM
Was a bit worried how much we were paying due to his injuries but £4m is nothing if he gets near full fitness in this league he will kill it. Welcome to the Albion Charlie!
Title: Re: Signed Official - Charlie Austin
Post by: The Joust on August 08, 2019, 05:18:25 PM
Happy with this. The title is ours.
Title: Re: Signed Official - Charlie Austin
Post by: Mister AT on August 08, 2019, 05:23:25 PM
For the fans worried about his injury record, just to point out he hasn’t been injured since jan 2018.

If we can get a tune out of him he will score 20+.

Great signing especially at the price.
Title: Re: Signed Official - Charlie Austin
Post by: The Joust on August 08, 2019, 05:33:19 PM
For the fans worried about his injury record, just to point out he hasn’t been injured since jan 2018.

If we can get a tune out of him he will score 20+.

Great signing especially at the price.

Bang on. I think it's signing of the day for the Championship.
Title: Re: Signed Official - Charlie Austin
Post by: wbarenno on August 08, 2019, 08:38:37 PM
This has to have been intentional. Hats off to the Albion media team. For the wrestling geeks , Charlie Austin’s announcement was at 3.16 . Austin 3.16  ;D

Think we’ve got our last away day theme , stone cold Steve Austin theme ;D
Title: Re: Signed Official - Charlie Austin
Post by: boingboing1989 on August 08, 2019, 08:47:35 PM
4m is an absolute steal if he recovers the form he's capable of. Strong, good in the air and both feet if he hits the ground running he more than capable of hitting 20+ in this league.
Title: Re: Signed Official - Charlie Austin
Post by: Pelada on August 08, 2019, 08:51:33 PM
A smashing signing at Championship level and a fair fee when you context all of this with some of the crazy money flying around I’m English football of late.

I like the squad and the options- there will be games where Zohore will lead the line alone when we want to play away from home and pack the midfield for example but there will be games where Austin leads the line and/or a partnership.

I think the squad has good rotation options all over and that is crucial in this league in the busy schedule and long 46 game season.

Title: Re: Signed Official - Charlie Austin
Post by: Hunnington Baggie on August 08, 2019, 08:55:39 PM
This has to have been intentional. Hats off to the Albion media team. For the wrestling geeks , Charlie Austin’s announcement was at 3.16 . Austin 3.16  ;D

Think we’ve got our last away day theme , stone cold Steve Austin theme ;D
And that's the bottom line 'cause Stone Cold says so!
Title: Re: Signed Official - Charlie Austin
Post by: WBArgo on August 08, 2019, 09:00:50 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7WlBpBV7jI (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7WlBpBV7jI)

His 100 goals with a banging song too.
Title: Re: Signed Official - Charlie Austin
Post by: Canmore Baggie on August 08, 2019, 09:12:41 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7WlBpBV7jI (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7WlBpBV7jI)

His 100 goals with a banging song too.

I'd be satisfied with him scoring that many for us...  ;)
Title: Re: Signed Official - Charlie Austin
Post by: Baggies on August 08, 2019, 09:16:12 PM
No reason why Austin can't do what Gayle did last year. Similar scoring record at both prem and championship level, and not that much of a difference age wise.

Injuries will be the bigger question, but if he stays fit I think he gets 15 plus goals.
Title: Re: Signed Official - Charlie Austin
Post by: AlbionFan on August 08, 2019, 09:29:33 PM
Just been reminded by a fan on Twitter, Austin and Phillips played together at QPR, I’d forgotten about that.
Title: Re: Signed Official - Charlie Austin
Post by: TheJacko2000 on August 08, 2019, 09:34:13 PM
Awaiting Stans thoughts on the Austin deal.
Title: Re: Signed Official - Charlie Austin
Post by: Droitwich Baggie on August 08, 2019, 10:00:49 PM
Awaiting Stans thoughts on the Austin deal.
B M W when I worked there.
Hope he proves to be a Bloomin' Mindblowing Worker.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin signs from Southampton
Post by: 17GD on August 08, 2019, 10:49:42 PM
Welcome to the club Charlie!

We lost 50 goals from last season, but he should get 20 for us. Let's do this!
Title: Re: Signed Official - Charlie Austin
Post by: KN22 on August 08, 2019, 10:56:55 PM
Happy with this. The title is ours.

Please don’t say that.... very positive nonetheless.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin signs from Southampton
Post by: Aixelsyd on August 08, 2019, 11:11:57 PM
Is he a penalty taker?

JRod's  8 scores without a miss needs replacing.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin signs from Southampton
Post by: Andio on August 08, 2019, 11:18:44 PM
Is he a penalty taker?

JRod's  8 scores without a miss needs replacing.

Looks to have a decent penalty kick in him if that 100 goals video above is anything to go by.... but of course they won't  show misses in a goals video  ;)
Title: Re: Charlie Austin signs from Southampton
Post by: Canmore Baggie on August 08, 2019, 11:21:54 PM
Looks to have a decent penalty kick in him if that 100 goals video above is anything to go by.... but of course they won't  show misses in a goals video  ;)

According to this he's scored 21 and missed 3 in his career.

https://www.transfermarkt.us/charlie-austin/elfmetertore/spieler/129627/saison_id//wettbewerb_id//plus/1#tore
Title: Re: Charlie Austin signs from Southampton
Post by: TheJacko2000 on August 09, 2019, 12:33:05 AM
Is he a penalty taker?

JRod's  8 scores without a miss needs replacing.


Missed at Milwall to pit us back in the game. We fell away from automatic that weekend.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin signs from Southampton
Post by: Aussie Baggie on August 09, 2019, 01:38:49 AM
Love it how so many on here moan about this signing and about the same number praise it. Hillarious.

He's in an Albion shirt now lads, let's get behind him and support him.
Title: Re: Signed Official - Charlie Austin
Post by: Standaman on August 09, 2019, 02:02:01 AM
Awaiting Stans thoughts on the Austin deal.

Yes we tweeted each other earlier at the time I didn't have the details and the reason I was sceptical wasn't because he isn't Dwight Gayle as I have never thought he was coming back and was not obsessed with him as was the case with the more hysterical parts of our fan base. 

Stuff I don't like.

He is 30 and I was hoping that we would get through the window with Sawyers being the oldest player we were going to sign.
He falls into the category of established proven player from further up the pyramid who is joining us on the downslope and generally those signings have lead us to where we are today and I didn't want to see another one.

Stuff I am kind of neutral about

Injury record, there is no denying his time at Southampton was hampered by injuries but the good news is the injuries do not appear to have a single underlying cause e.g. a damaged knee or persistent muscle problem so other things being equal there is no particular reason why he should not stay reasonably fit.

Goal scoring record. In general I don't share the excitement about his previous Championship level scoring record largely because 3 seasons have lapsed since he has had a really heavy goal scoring season. I never like it when fans or pundits point to something more than a couple of seasons old to justify a signing because it generally means we have just bought a lemon. That said I think he will score goals but possibly not quite the volume people are anticipating but that is not a big issue.

Stuff I like

Tactical fit is spot on. It is very obvious that whatever shape Bilic goes with it will feature a target man as a focal point of the attack and Austin ticks this box.

The deal. When I commented earlier I was fearful that we were spending an awful lot of money to bring him in (enough even to legitimise criticism that we could have bought in Gayle for the same amount) . £4m is as much as I would want to spend as a complete write off but the fact we have a two year deal and we have managed to tidy away his current contract as part of the fee means we can afford to keep him next year if we don't go up and he is not earning an unreasonable wage for a Championship club.

Overall this is okay and maybe the best deal we could have struck on transfer deadline day. Or put it another way I am not shooting envious glances down the road at Bristol City.

 
Title: Re: Charlie Austin signs from Southampton
Post by: Aixelsyd on August 09, 2019, 02:18:26 AM

Missed at Milwall to pit us back in the game. We fell away from automatic that weekend.

Sorry..  very true

I guess I just try to block that one from my memory :)
Title: Re: Charlie Austin signs from Southampton
Post by: Hull Baggie on August 09, 2019, 08:28:45 AM

Missed at Milwall to pit us back in the game. We fell away from automatic that weekend.

the Millwall game was in April we fell away from automatics when we got beat by Sheff Utd and then by Leeds in Feb/March.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin signs from Southampton
Post by: gazberg on August 09, 2019, 08:37:22 AM
It was the drubbing by Leeds that done us in. Awful performance and management.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin signs from Southampton
Post by: TheJacko2000 on August 09, 2019, 08:50:56 AM
the Millwall game was in April we fell away from automatics when we got beat by Sheff Utd and then by Leeds in Feb/March.


We didn't because they kept losing/drawing but it's by the by.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin signs from Southampton
Post by: Hull Baggie on August 09, 2019, 08:56:23 AM

We didn't because they kept losing/drawing but it's by the by.

we did because we never managed to make up the places again.

But as this is the Charlie Austin thread: welcome to the club Charlie, hope to be celebrating many a goal.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin signs from Southampton
Post by: KYA on August 09, 2019, 09:08:31 AM
One thing with some goalscorers it's a natural gift being in the right place etc ala Bomber Brown looking at the goals he scored I would say Austin falls into that category it's not speed he relies on for his goals just a natural ability to pop up in the right place and the coolness to finish I would put him down for 20plus goals provided he stays fit.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin signs from Southampton
Post by: timdon on August 09, 2019, 10:22:48 AM
One thing with some goalscorers it's a natural gift being in the right place etc ala Bomber Brown looking at the goals he scored I would say Austin falls into that category it's not speed he relies on for his goals just a natural ability to pop up in the right place and the coolness to finish I would put him down for 20plus goals provided he stays fit.
He managed to do this twice last season in 20 matches. Six times the season before in 24 matches.So your argument doesn't have any recent evidence to back it up.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin signs from Southampton
Post by: KYA on August 09, 2019, 10:43:24 AM
He managed to do this twice last season in 20 matches. Six times the season before in 24 matches.So your argument doesn't have any recent evidence to back it up.
Obviously, it's all about stats apparently he had his share of injuries in the time period you mention and playing for the Saints in the Premier chances would be harder to come by hopefully than he will find playing for the Albion in the Championship take Gayles record for Newcastle for example, the proof will be in the eating I have complete faith that as long as he gets on the pitch he will score goals for us.
Dwight Gayle the season before he joined us scored six goals in 35 appearances for anyone wondering how well he did before he joined us and by way of comparison.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin signs from Southampton
Post by: Wbamitch on August 09, 2019, 05:19:19 PM
Good signing for this level, I expect him to replace the goals of Rodriguez, maybe in similar fashion with a fair few penalties. I do expect his performance level to be quite similar to J-Rod where he may not do much at times but I think this is a good level for him, I am sure of double figures.

He is a bit of a presence like Zohore, I would have liked a more dynamic striker maybe as well as Austin but that has passed now and hopefully the boys just in behind can do the running.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin signs from Southampton
Post by: lewisant on August 14, 2019, 05:25:31 PM
His goal yesterday may have been easy, however, he followed the ball, anticipated it hitting the bar or staying in play and that's what we have missed in these first few games; killer instinct and experience. Get him up to speed and on the pitch for 70-80 minutes and then full games and hopefully he'll flourish.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin signs from Southampton
Post by: tuamigos on August 14, 2019, 08:52:28 PM
I noticed he was always talking to and directing the midfield telling them where they should be.
Give it a few weeks to settle down and I think we'll be fine
Title: Re: Charlie Austin signs from Southampton
Post by: Droitwich Baggie on August 14, 2019, 10:10:12 PM
I noticed he was always talking to and directing the midfield telling them where they should be.
Give it a few weeks to settle down and I think we'll be fine
I hope and like the idea, that an experieced player does this.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin signs from Southampton
Post by: chipperclark on August 15, 2019, 01:02:36 AM
 ;D Reminds me of SuperKev. Has the same "tenacity" and is an in "the box" type of poacher. Will pick up the scraps or rebounds...not bad with his head either.

Think he will be a threat to defences all season...one of those you can't take your eye off when you are a defender.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin signs from Southampton
Post by: SmethDan on August 15, 2019, 01:58:54 AM
Needs to get his fitness levels up ASAP. Clearly a good player with a footballing brain but he wants to get that brain (and his feet) moving into the right areas at the right time. He was blowing out of his backside after ten/fifteen minutes against Millwall.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin signs from Southampton
Post by: The Joust on August 15, 2019, 05:27:53 PM
As good as Gayle in this league. Should score 20+ goals. Great signing.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin signs from Southampton
Post by: Sted1990 on September 23, 2019, 12:22:26 PM
Ricky Lambert springs to mind, hope to be wrong but he needs to take a half chance sooner rather than later else Zohore should get another run.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin signs from Southampton
Post by: Baggies on September 23, 2019, 01:43:31 PM
He worked hard yesterday and set up Phillips first, but hard to see either him or Zohore hitting double figures at this rate.

Not sure he is that suited to playing up front alone, especially when our attacking midfielders are much more suited to playing more play maker type roles (as opposed to a Stirling/Ronaldo type who almost plays as a second forward).

Hope he finds his place in the team as Zohore's cameo yesterday didn't really threaten enough.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: TheBrom on October 05, 2019, 06:18:32 PM
Big shout to Charlie for breaking his duck today.

Thought it would be another game where nothing went for him, but he kept preserving and got his reward.

Seems to enjoy playing for the club, works unbelievably hard, is clearly a leader and has a good connection to the fans already. Gave us a clap in the Smethwick after missing a chance when we were singing his name.

Can tell he’s well liked and respected by the entire outfield team going to celebrate with him when he scored.

So glad he got his goal, could see his frustration at half time.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: timdon on October 05, 2019, 06:57:35 PM
Big shout to Charlie for breaking his duck today.

Thought it would be another game where nothing went for him, but he kept preserving and got his reward.

Seems to enjoy playing for the club, works unbelievably hard, is clearly a leader and has a good connection to the fans already. Gave us a clap in the Smethwick after missing a chance when we were singing his name.

Can tell he’s well liked and respected by the entire outfield team going to celebrate with him when he scored.

So glad he got his goal, could see his frustration at half time.
He's not THAT old.
Looked fitter today. Lots of energy and good to see how delighted he was to get a goal. Our best forward on current form.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: lewisant on October 05, 2019, 07:07:55 PM
Did anybody see him giving the Cardiff fans stick after the second goal?! It was great!

The fans realky got behind him today and he really ky deserved that goal.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: TheJacko2000 on October 05, 2019, 07:38:41 PM
Said on Twitter when he signed he is class, just needed to get fit. Some of the criticism has been well over the top.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: KYA on October 05, 2019, 07:54:19 PM
Charlie getting better every game that goal will do him the world of good, can't wait to see a 100% confident and fit Austin in these attack-minded team
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: TheBrom on October 05, 2019, 10:16:04 PM
Did anybody see him giving the Cardiff fans stick after the second goal?! It was great!

The fans realky got behind him today and he really ky deserved that goal.

Yeah I saw that. Thought it was great. I imagine they were giving him stick after the missed chance a few minutes earlier. Shut them up in the second half anyway
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: frazzle on October 05, 2019, 10:25:58 PM
After the two chances in the first half I just had the feeling this would be his day. Thrilled for him and us.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: B_H_Baggie on October 06, 2019, 10:33:15 AM
You could see how desperate he was to break his duck but he's been working extremely hard and that was undoubtedly his best performance for us yesterday. He truly deserved that goal yesterday and it was refreshing to hear the support he was getting from the stands and quite frankly the relief from himself and supporters when he finally got the goal. If anything the international break has come at a poor time for Charlie now but hopefully he can keep his confidence up and carry on where he left off when we go to Middlesbrough.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: skyclad99 on October 06, 2019, 10:55:17 AM
Big shout to Charlie for breaking his duck today.

Thought it would be another game where nothing went for him, but he kept preserving and got his reward.

Seems to enjoy playing for the club, works unbelievably hard, is clearly a leader and has a good connection to the fans already. Gave us a clap in the Smethwick after missing a chance when we were singing his name.

Can tell he’s well liked and respected by the entire outfield team going to celebrate with him when he scored.

So glad he got his goal, could see his frustration at half time.



You could say it was a jammy goal  ;D
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: wappingbaggie on October 09, 2019, 09:49:06 AM
i was not a fan of Charlie, was horrified by the signing .. but his goal celebrations kind of won me round - I dont think I have ever seen an Albion player so pleased with a goal !

- shows he does care for the club and fans
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Marcus on October 09, 2019, 08:58:11 PM
Really hope he does well for us, but for some reason I just can't warm to him. Absolutely no logical reason why, just something about him. Very odd.  :-\
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: zippyandbungle on October 09, 2019, 09:42:43 PM
Really hope he does well for us, but for some reason I just can't warm to him. Absolutely no logical reason why, just something about him. Very odd.  :-\
You’ll be ok as number 19 and 20 hit the back of the net

I wasn’t sure on this signing, but I think he looked sharper and fitter vs Cardiff, goals are everything to strikers , 1 at Middlesbrough followed by a brace against Barnsley and he will fly .
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Adder on October 09, 2019, 09:55:53 PM
Signs are he's fitting in well personality wise. I think he recognises that that there are some very talented players at the club and there's no question of him being on some different level. He could have scored 3 or 4 in the past 3 games e.g. the last ditch block on his shot at QPR. Get the impression he's working hard to hit his best form.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: skyclad99 on October 10, 2019, 07:30:52 AM
Really hope he does well for us, but for some reason I just can't warm to him. Absolutely no logical reason why, just something about him. Very odd.  :-\

I warmed to him a couple of weeks ago when the team were on the pitch beforehand. They were all sat in a circle and Charlie was talking to them. He appeared to be talking tactics [from his animated way] and the thing I really noticed was how they were all listening to him. I know its an odd thing to notice but he is there with good intentions so when he scored on Saturday I was really pleased for him. You could see that it really meant something to him as well.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: darbolina on October 10, 2019, 08:51:17 AM
He's looked more Ricky Lambert than Kevin Phillips for a few games - lacking pace. good touch but not really effecting games. The past few games, he's been missing chances which is good because he's in there and the team are creating.

He's definately all about goals - he has a decent touch and brings others players in well but if he scores a few games in a row , I think he could light up the team a bit as he gets more confident and be what we've been missing this season - a go to player to get a goal when we need one.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Albionic on October 10, 2019, 09:19:15 AM
I have been a sceptic from day 1, but what I will acknowledge is, he is trying his damnedest for the team, hopefully he comes good and it sounds like its going the right way, so lets hope he has consigned HRK to the bench (or worse) for quite a while !!
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: johnny Cash on October 10, 2019, 11:05:57 AM
He has a winners mentality, you can tell by the way he speaks, and incidents like the goal celebration and his interview last season about the refs.



Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: seteefeet on October 10, 2019, 11:50:04 AM
I warmed to him a couple of weeks ago when the team were on the pitch beforehand. They were all sat in a circle and Charlie was talking to them. He appeared to be talking tactics [from his animated way] and the thing I really noticed was how they were all listening to him. I know its an odd thing to notice but he is there with good intentions so when he scored on Saturday I was really pleased for him. You could see that it really meant something to him as well.
I would imagine he's telling them that the football they are playing is amazing but, the ultimate goal is sticking it into the net, and the best way to do that is feed him!
The link up play between Perreira, Diangana, Krov, Sawyers, Furlong etc. is fantastic but, let's face it, it's not Austin's game, so, they have to find a way of using their pace and trickery to create space for him. If they do that we will have our 20 goal striker, without sacrificing the scintillating football we are seeing at the minute, and will have a very good chance, not only of promotion, but winning the league.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Adder on October 11, 2019, 12:16:29 AM
I would imagine he's telling them that the football they are playing is amazing but, the ultimate goal is sticking it into the net, and the best way to do that is feed him!
The link up play between Perreira, Diangana, Krov, Sawyers, Furlong etc. is fantastic but, let's face it, it's not Austin's game, so, they have to find a way of using their pace and trickery to create space for him. If they do that we will have our 20 goal striker, without sacrificing the scintillating football we are seeing at the minute, and will have a very good chance, not only of promotion, but winning the league.
He did have two very good chances presented to him on Saturday before he scored...he didn't do too much wrong when he failed to score but any striker would be happy with two chances like that in a game.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: geoff on October 11, 2019, 10:52:02 AM
He did have two very good chances presented to him on Saturday before he scored...he didn't do too much wrong when he failed to score but any striker would be happy with two chances like that in a game.

He seems to be more content/happy here & every player needs to have that feeling.
I thought at 30 with all his experience he was well worth his contract, can see 3 good seasons in him at least at any level.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: BalisPen on October 11, 2019, 11:36:07 PM
He seems to be more content/happy here & every player needs to have that feeling.
I thought at 30 with all his experience he was well worth his contract, can see 3 good seasons in him at least at any level.

The best case scenario is that he becomes our Glenn Nuuray, without fraud case of course.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: BaggieBirdRus on October 22, 2019, 11:05:49 PM
Very poor tonight. He’s not going to be the striker that fires us to promotion. Be lucky to get 10 goals this season. Slow, ball bounces off him and unfortunately isn’t finishing the chances youd expect him to
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: TheJacko2000 on October 22, 2019, 11:08:52 PM
Didn't think he had a bad game. His touch was excellent as ever and while he should have done much better with his only chance I have to question the thought process of his team mates, constantly playing the ball into channels in front of him where he clearly hasn't got the pace to get there ahead of the defender, indeed them usually having a head start on him.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: cads_ap_albion on October 22, 2019, 11:18:25 PM
Didn't think he had a bad game. His touch was excellent as ever and while he should have done much better with his only chance I have to question the thought process of his team mates, constantly playing the ball into channels in front of him where he clearly hasn't got the pace to get there ahead of the defender, indeed them usually having a head start on him.

His touch was excellent? Had you left early?

I can think of at least three occasions where his touch was very poor, one was under pressure, but the other two weren't. He was so cross with himself at one point, he booted the ball into the hoardings.

I thought he wasn't the answer tonight. Had a decent chance and didn't even get it on target.

We desperately needed pace behind their high line. Charlie could not offer it. Ken would have been a better option.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: graka on October 22, 2019, 11:24:41 PM
I'd struggle to give him 3/10 tonight
Doesn't even get into positions to score.
Looks woefully unfit and slow.
We currently have 3 strikers who don't look like scoring
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: stever60 on October 22, 2019, 11:25:58 PM
He was hopeless. Can’t fault his effort but no skill, touch poor and couldn’t hit a barn door. He definitely isn’t the answer
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Pie on October 22, 2019, 11:29:37 PM
I haven't knocked him on here or elsewhere yet as I want to give him the chance but  to me he just isn't getting into goalscoring positions.

the amount of quality crosses the wide players and full backs put in he should be lapping it up but hes always 1 step in the wrong direction.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: baggie82 on October 22, 2019, 11:56:58 PM
He’s a complete pony. He’s playing in the most attacking side in the league with some of the best and most creative midfielders and he can’t do anything. Looks shot and has looked like that from day one. I’m really disappointed so far. He’s going to need replacing in January.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: paulosull on October 23, 2019, 12:16:15 AM
Legs have gone in my opinion and he ain't getting them back not at his age. Think HRK will score more than this donkey this season only 1 more to get Kanu. Dowling needs to pull his finger out and find Slaven a decent striker in January as his two signings upfront have been poor so far, as for giving Hal new contract does he not like his job.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: albion59 on October 23, 2019, 12:21:43 AM
He’s a complete pony. He’s playing in the most attacking side in the league with some of the best and most creative midfielders and he can’t do anything. Looks shot and has looked like that from day one. I’m really disappointed so far. He’s going to need replacing in January.
He's playing in the most attacking team in the league correct! But the most attacking team in the league haven't got a clue how and when to play him in!!?Look at what's happening around him! Don't just be blinkered he had no service at all again.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Atomic on October 23, 2019, 12:37:02 AM
He didn't have a lot of service to be fair, particularly first half. What is disappointing me about Austin at the moment is he's not getting on the end of crosses he doesn't seem to have that instinct to find that half a yard in the area. I'm wondering if he's the type of striker that is best in a two up top? We can't and won't change the way we play to accommodate him though, although we seemed to go 4-3-3 late on yesterday with Pereira as the only wide player and Austin and Kanu through the middle. It's a problem.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: OllieTheBaggie on October 23, 2019, 01:01:03 AM
I've noticed from his first game that he just never seems to be putting himself in the right positions, as our main goalscoring outlet he should be around the centre of the penalty area whenever we're in the opponents half begging for the ball, instead he always seems to be on a wing or playing around the attacking midfield area or elsewhere where he's unlikely to score. I've been very calm until tonight but I am starting to get worried about his form now, he doesn't seem to be anywhere near as lethal as Gayle in front of goal and at the end of the day, that's a lone striker's main duty. Still think he's got the ability and nous to do well here, he just needs to work on his role/positioning.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: beechyboy90 on October 23, 2019, 05:06:52 AM
Not sure he particularly fits the system. Also not sure we set up for the lone striker to score lots. The goals are coming from second row at the moment.  Hopefully we go in for another striker in January
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: skyclad99 on October 23, 2019, 06:46:56 AM
He's playing in the most attacking team in the league correct! But the most attacking team in the league haven't got a clue how and when to play him in!!?Look at what's happening around him! Don't just be blinkered he had no service at all again.

The voice of sanity, thank you 59.

Last night I lost count of the amount of times he asked for the ball to be played along the ground through the defence, but instead we pirouetted into another sideways pass. He often finds himself offside because the team have not read the situation and the moment is gone but you have nailed it when you say they are not playing him in.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: TiptonThrostle on October 23, 2019, 08:35:32 AM
The voice of sanity, thank you 59.

Last night I lost count of the amount of times he asked for the ball to be played along the ground through the defence, but instead we pirouetted into another sideways pass. He often finds himself offside because the team have not read the situation and the moment is gone but you have nailed it when you say they are not playing him in.

exactly this.

If you watch his movement, he very regular makes runs and last night made some decent ones but we were taking that long to get the ball forward and playing side wards he then becomes offside and the chance has gone.

hes not the austin he was at 25 and thats why we have him in the championship, but he is still a good player in this league IF we use him correctly.

as i say, we took far too long to get the ball forward last night and didnt create anything for him. in the smethwick end last night he seemed to be the scapegoat IMO.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: seteefeet on October 23, 2019, 08:59:09 AM
Whether it's him or the system, it's simply not working, his touch and positioning are way off and he just doesn't look like scoring. Trouble is, neither does Kanu, and Ken seems to be out of the picture, so I think it's time to take a risk with one of the youngsters. Soule or Willock need to at least be making the bench. A bit of youthful energy might fit better with the style of Diangana and Perreira.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: tuamigos on October 23, 2019, 02:56:23 PM
I think it was Vanderlei who wanted a £20 bet that Charlie will get 20 goals + this season  ;D after I said that he wouldn't.
I didn't reply at the time because I just didn't see it.
If you have £20 to throw away mate, give it a more deserving cause than me  ;D
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: alex1 on October 23, 2019, 05:09:37 PM
He hasn't missed any open goals or one-against-one with the keeper, as far as I can remember. But as a striker you need to take some of the half-chances coming your way.  He will need to start taking some of those.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: gazberg on October 23, 2019, 05:22:06 PM
I just don't think he's suited to the lone striker role. Shame really. The efforts there but he's not getting into that many clear goalscoring positions.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: timdon on October 23, 2019, 05:33:12 PM
I think it was Vanderlei who wanted a £20 bet that Charlie will get 20 goals + this season  ;D after I said that he wouldn't.
I didn't reply at the time because I just didn't see it.
If you have £20 to throw away mate, give it a more deserving cause than me  ;D
I replied to him and offered to take his bet, but he never replied to me. All mouth and no wallet.
I never thought he was a good signing but I was hoping to be proved wrong. I thought he played quite well against Cardiff but the rest of his performances have ranged from ok to poor. Hasn't been a regular scorer at any level in any system for a while now, and can't see any prospect of this changing any time soon I'm afraid.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: mulliganstired on October 23, 2019, 05:40:14 PM
I just don't think he's suited to the lone striker role. Shame really. The efforts there but he's not getting into that many clear goalscoring positions.
He's really always been more of a goal poacher, drifting around in and out of the game and trying to turn up in the box at the right time
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Wbamitch on October 23, 2019, 10:22:11 PM
I'm really struggling with this guy, I wasn't thrilled but was hopeful that in this division he could get a lot of goals along the way, I anticipated a lot of frustration but did think he may be productive. Productive is the exact opposite of what he has been, early yes but I really don't see what he is good at. The ball bounces off him, he loves to fall to the floor, not very quick, lacks stamina and in front of goal there is no end product, he doesn't seem to anticipate and he's had a fair few chances (not guilt edge) that he has just not connected cleanly.

The biggest thing is his petulance, this was a concern coming in and he has delivered on that front, constantly. Obviously things aren't going great but he seems to have such an attitude. A few times I have compared him to an angry child, a big performance by the Smethwick End last night. It's hard to judge a players personality on how you would perceive them to be off the pitch but his outbursts really don't reflect well for me.

This might not be the post people want to read but this is my opinion and I really feel he has proved to be one of the most difficult guys to support in my time watching the Albion.

I will add his goal against Cardiff after a rare good performance brought my biggest cheer of the season and I really hoped he would kick on, that hope is still there but he has a bit of work to do.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: GREGMT on October 26, 2019, 07:21:05 PM
How much longer do you wait for Austin to come good?  It would be interesting to note how many Gayle had notched by league match 14?  It's putting strain on the rest of the team with him not scoring and this is from a defensive and attacking perspective.  We can't carry this on indefinitely.  Obviously HRK is better with 20 min cameos and he's a good option to do that particular role.

I noted we signed a 19 year old French striker from Le Havre's academy recently, maybe he's worth a go?  You just never know.  If he's quick then you have the option of going direct occasionally and therefore mixing the play.  We can't even do that with Austin as he doesn't outpace defenders.

No idea when Zohore is fit again?  The jury is still out on him too.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: KN22 on October 26, 2019, 08:05:01 PM
How much longer do you wait for Austin to come good?  It would be interesting to note how many Gayle had notched by league match 14?  It's putting strain on the rest of the team with him not scoring and this is from a defensive and attacking perspective.  We can't carry this on indefinitely.  Obviously HRK is better with 20 min cameos and he's a good option to do that particular role.

I noted we signed a 19 year old French striker from Le Havre's academy recently, maybe he's worth a go?  You just never know.  If he's quick then you have the option of going direct occasionally and therefore mixing the play.  We can't even do that with Austin as he doesn't outpace defenders.

No idea when Zohore is fit again?  The jury is still out on him too.

Very valid points made. I have reached a point where I cannot see him coming good. It’s not just lack of goals either. He’s off the pace in most games, has a heavy touch too. Could go on but don’t like running our own down too much. When Zohore is fit he must play in my view. He’s had nothing like the opportunity Charlie has had. In January we must recruit a striker too.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: baggie82 on October 26, 2019, 08:10:50 PM
Very valid points made. I have reached a point where I cannot see him coming good. It’s not just lack of goals either. He’s off the pace in most games, has a heavy touch too. Could go on but don’t like running our own down too much. When Zohore is fit he must play in my view. He’s had nothing like the opportunity Charlie has had. In January we must recruit a striker too.

Austin was blowing after 30 minutes like he'd been out last night and had 15 pints. Nowhere near good enough and a hindrance. We actually looked better with ten men as after the sending off he was subbed! He looks like a retired footballer wheeled back out into a competitive match. Such a disappointing signing. Him and Zohore have both flopped. A quality striker has to be focus in January. Until then all we can do is hobble on and rotate.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: albion59 on October 26, 2019, 08:15:59 PM
Austin was blowing after 30 minutes like he'd been out last night and had 15 pints. Nowhere near good enough and a hindrance. We actually looked better with ten men as after the sending off he was subbed! He looks like a retired footballer wheeled back out into a competitive match. Such a disappointing signing. Him and Zohore have both flopped. A quality striker has to be focus in January. Until then all we can do is hobble on and rotate.
I've read all your posts about Austin and some of them are are really over the top (that's putting it mildly) that's your opinion and I ain't got a problem with that. But can i just ask you why you hate him so much? Have you ever met him or as he ever done something to harm you? Just wondering.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Dexy on October 26, 2019, 08:22:56 PM
Always admired Austin , I'm desperate to be wrong but he looks blown now . Few flicks here and there isn't enough .
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Dan87uk on October 26, 2019, 08:35:37 PM
Sadly looks like he's lost the magic now and it just hasn't clicked for him with us.

Problem is, HRK is only good from the bench, can't do a full game, Zohore injured. That leaves us with kids we havent tried yet as potential competition (Willock, Diaby, Soule??). Hence why he still gets in the team no problem.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: TAFKATMNo1Fan on October 26, 2019, 08:41:24 PM
How much longer do you wait for Austin to come good?  It would be interesting to note how many Gayle had notched by league match 14?  It's putting strain on the rest of the team with him not scoring and this is from a defensive and attacking perspective.  We can't carry this on indefinitely.  Obviously HRK is better with 20 min cameos and he's a good option to do that particular role.

I noted we signed a 19 year old French striker from Le Havre's academy recently, maybe he's worth a go?  You just never know.  If he's quick then you have the option of going direct occasionally and therefore mixing the play.  We can't even do that with Austin as he doesn't outpace defenders.

No idea when Zohore is fit again?  The jury is still out on him too.

I've just looked it up. At this stage last season Gayle and J Rod had 8 goals each. I'm afraid it looks like Austin is our Ross McCormack
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: baggie82 on October 26, 2019, 11:14:27 PM
I've read all your posts about Austin and some of them are are really over the top (that's putting it mildly) that's your opinion and I ain't got a problem with that. But can i just ask you why you hate him so much? Have you ever met him or as he ever done something to harm you? Just wondering.

I don’t hate him at all. It’s obvious he’s past it, which is a big problem. First few games you can put it down to a lack of fitness but by now it’s a clear as day that his legs have gone and that we’ve signed another Lambert.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: stever60 on October 26, 2019, 11:25:36 PM
Another totally inept performance. Trouble is who else have we got? And I just can’t see the Gayle thing happening
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Adder on October 26, 2019, 11:46:12 PM
I'm not writing him off yet but one game per week looks enough for Charlie.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Albionic on October 27, 2019, 12:31:23 PM
I spent a period yesterday concentrating on Charlie and he must be really easy to defend against, his movement across the line, closing Down space isn’t good enough, he doesn’t have the pace to get away from his marker, trickery and speedy reaction isn’t his game, so I find it very difficult to make a case for him
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: OllieTheBaggie on October 27, 2019, 12:43:12 PM
With a striker that's not got the pace to outrun defenders etc anymore, as long as theyve got a good finish on them they can still score plenty. But they NEED to be sitting in the centre of attack at all times, putting themself at the end of everything that goes in the box and not diverging to the wings and midfield constantly, which CA is doing currently.

Austin can still bag enough goals to get us through to Jan if he plays more in the style of Chris Wood or Grant Holt (in his day). He just needs to sit in the striker position instead of trying to get involved with the build up and then put them away when he gets the chance. If this doesnt work then it's time for Zohore or HRK to get a run.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: alex1 on October 27, 2019, 08:26:52 PM
I'm giving Austin the benefit of the doubt for the timebeing based on him being a proven goalscorer. At Swindon, Burnley and QPR he was scoring roughly once every 2 games.
From what I remember of him at QPR, he was an instinctive scorer, fox in the box if you like, who anticipates chances and was clinical enough to get on the end of them. That's what he's got to do here. Maybe, he never had a great deal of pace so its pointless expecting him to perform sprints like Odemwingie. 
We could use Zohore or HRK as our main striker, but I'm not aware that either of them ever were prolific goalscorers.
The centre forward slot is one obvious area in the team where there is alot of room for improvement. If we can get Gayle in, it should be a no-brainer, but if not, Austin is going to have to start delivering soon.   
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: tuamigos on October 27, 2019, 08:35:45 PM
The simple fact is we need another striker in January who is better than what we already have.
I've said it before if we get promoted it will be in spite of our strike force not because of them
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: mulliganstired on October 28, 2019, 08:26:01 AM
We wanted a proven forward and Austin was available - but he has never been a lone front man, he is best as a forager in a 442, we need to give Zohore a go now, assuming he's fit.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: WoysWunderful on October 28, 2019, 08:42:54 AM
shame we didn't keep Rodgers now - think he'd be playing regularly in this side. Austin seems to be going the same way as **** Lambert. shame as he's very likeable.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: wappingbaggie on October 28, 2019, 09:08:42 AM
i just checked back over the first pages of this thread when he first signed - majority were very sceptical about Austin then with just a few optimists in favour.

Mind you that footballing genius Jacko did post on there about how we were all wrong and how Austin was nothing like all the other over the hill  failures that we had signed in the past
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: TheJacko2000 on October 28, 2019, 09:22:00 AM
i just checked back over the first pages of this thread when he first signed - majority were very sceptical about Austin then with just a few optimists in favour.

Mind you that footballing genius Jacko did post on there about how we were all wrong and how Austin was nothing like all the other over the hill  failures that we had signed in the past


You do realise the first page of this thread is visible to all of us? So in no particular order just from page 1 of the thread, Atomic, Fritzl Palace, tommcneil, wbarenno, Foster#1, overseas baggie, Baggies, and Pie thought he would be a decent to great signing.


Additionally, he's only started 9 games. Bit early to write him off.


As to your input on page 2 of the thread you were shot down by several members, not just me, after comparing him to Andy Townsend among others. Jog on mate, if I had a microphone I'd now drop it...
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: SmethDan on October 28, 2019, 09:28:28 AM

You do realise the first page of this thread is visible to all of us? So in no particular order just from page 1 of the thread, Atomic, Fritzl Palace, tommcneil, wbarenno, Foster#1, overseas baggie, Baggies, and Pie thought he would be a decent to great signing.


Additionally, he's only started 9 games. Bit early to write him off.


As to your input on page 2 of the thread you were shot down by several members, not just me, after comparing him to Andy Townsend among others. Jog on mate, if I had a microphone I'd now drop it...

Wrong thread, leave Sam Johnstone out of it  ;) .
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: tuamigos on October 28, 2019, 09:34:17 AM

You do realise the first page of this thread is visible to all of us? So in no particular order just from page 1 of the thread, Atomic, Fritzl Palace, tommcneil, wbarenno, Foster#1, overseas baggie, Baggies, and Pie thought he would be a decent to great signing.


Additionally, he's only started 9 games. Bit early to write him off.


As to your input on page 2 of the thread you were shot down by several members, not just me, after comparing him to Andy Townsend among others. Jog on mate, if I had a microphone I'd now drop it...

Must be of solace to you knowing that you are in such exalted company and still wrong  ;D
Just saying like!  8)
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: paulosull on October 28, 2019, 10:10:58 AM
Think the sports science lads should sort out his diet as he still looks like he's just come back from summer hols. Good player in there who needs to work harder on his fitness Bilic didn't do him any favours by stating he was his number one striker.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: seteefeet on October 28, 2019, 10:26:19 AM

You do realise the first page of this thread is visible to all of us? So in no particular order just from page 1 of the thread, Atomic, Fritzl Palace, tommcneil, wbarenno, Foster#1, overseas baggie, Baggies, and Pie thought he would be a decent to great signing.


Additionally, he's only started 9 games. Bit early to write him off.


As to your input on page 2 of the thread you were shot down by several members, not just me, after comparing him to Andy Townsend among others. Jog on mate, if I had a microphone I'd now drop it...
You can add me to that list, I too thought he would be a good signing. Unfortunately, I just don't see it now, although that's not because he's over the hill or just after a pay day, but rather that he doesn't have the attributes that suit our system or personnel.
For me we need a more mobile striker, who's happier with the ball at his feet, that can integrate better with Perreira, Diangana, Phillips, Krov etc. Even then, I wouldn't expect 20+ goals as the way they play and create space for each other, the goals will always be shared out more evenly.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: wappingbaggie on October 28, 2019, 11:00:17 AM

You do realise the first page of this thread is visible to all of us? So in no particular order just from page 1 of the thread, Atomic, Fritzl Palace, tommcneil, wbarenno, Foster#1, overseas baggie, Baggies, and Pie thought he would be a decent to great signing.


Additionally, he's only started 9 games. Bit early to write him off.


As to your input on page 2 of the thread you were shot down by several members, not just me, after comparing him to Andy Townsend among others. Jog on mate, if I had a microphone I'd now drop it...

1. After seeing him play, you still want to shoot my view down?
2. 'Mike Drop" ???  How old are you?
3. Who would you compare Austin to then? 
4. I'm not your mate. Very few on here are.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: TheJacko2000 on October 28, 2019, 11:07:07 AM
1. After seeing him play, you still want to shoot my view down?
2. 'Mike Drop" ???  How old are you?
3. Who would you compare Austin to then? 
4. I'm not your mate. Very few on here are.


😂


It's not Grindr fella.


What's triggered you today?


You had a random pop at me remember.


🛎
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: TLMS17 on October 28, 2019, 12:20:34 PM
Still doesn’t seem fit or have that match sharpness needed

I wonder how much training he does in the week, in the sense that due to injuries is he on a different training programme to protect him as such in training To keep him fit on a Sat, and thats why he never looks fit during games

Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: FallOutBoy on October 28, 2019, 12:46:19 PM
He doesn't seem fit, but he doesn't seem to be getting fitter either. His first touch is heavy, his second is a tackle. How long do we give him?

I was sceptical of signing him, and he's looking like another Rickie Lambert.

New striker needed in January.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Albionic on October 28, 2019, 12:52:05 PM
how long is his contract (puts fingers in ears)
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: KN22 on October 28, 2019, 12:53:58 PM
He doesn't seem fit, but he doesn't seem to be getting fitter either. His first touch is heavy, his second is a tackle. How long do we give him?

I was sceptical of signing him, and he's looking like another Rickie Lambert.

New striker needed in January.

I had high hopes but, in all honesty, that is irrelevant now. The truth is he just doesn't look like being the answer in our current team. This squad is, in my view, good enough to be right in the mix at the season's end. It would be very unfortunate to miss out because the striker isn't good enough. I feel we have to give Zohore match time soon and, even more importantly, need to bring someone in come January 1st.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: SmethDan on October 28, 2019, 01:41:28 PM
how long is his contract (puts fingers in ears)

30/06/2021, I think we have a further years option too.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Albionic on October 28, 2019, 02:02:15 PM
30/06/2021, I think we have a further years option too.
erm,  I can't imagine him being any sort of asset in almost 2 years time, hope I'm wrong
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: rajesh-wba on October 28, 2019, 03:00:28 PM
how long is his contract (puts fingers in ears)

He signed a 2 + 1 in the Summer of 2019.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: TheBaggieMan on October 28, 2019, 04:05:07 PM
I had great hopes for Charlie and he hasn’t done the business and is shadow of the Gayle Rodriguez partnership. He had a good reputation but on reflection, how good was he at Southampton?

Agree the important need for hungry front man in January or we might miss out joining the greed league.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: mulliganstired on October 28, 2019, 06:47:37 PM
He should stay up on the shoulder if he's going to play - he actually drew two defenders to the near post, leaving Phillips with a 1 on 1 for his goal on Sat, in the box is really his forte.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: boinging_along on October 28, 2019, 07:35:27 PM
If you look at this runs they often create space to be fair to him.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: geoff on October 29, 2019, 08:51:02 AM
Originally thought this was a great bit of bisness but like a poster has allready said its seems like it could be another Ricki Lambert signing.
Still Charlie has time to turn things around (i think SB thinks so to thats why hes getting so much game time) but not much.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Albionic on October 29, 2019, 10:05:58 AM
Originally thought this was a great bit of bisness but like a poster has allready said its seems like it could be another Ricki Lambert signing.
Still Charlie has time to turn things around (i think SB thinks so to thats why hes getting so much game time) but not much.

Sorry to disagree, but, I think he is getting so much game time because Ken has been crocked and HRK is not an option from the start of a game, rather than SB thinking Charlie is the answer to our lack of goals from forwards.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Sted1990 on November 24, 2019, 09:23:59 PM
Am I wrong that I felt his celebration was a dig at the fans?
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: TheJacko2000 on November 24, 2019, 09:37:17 PM
Am I wrong that I felt his celebration was a dig at the fans?


Yes.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Hull Baggie on November 25, 2019, 10:40:31 AM
Am I wrong that I felt his celebration was a dig at the fans?

I didn't think it was a dig at all, interested to know why you did?
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: costa blanca baggie on November 25, 2019, 10:45:50 AM
I didn't think it was a dig at all, interested to know why you did?
The reason it may have been misconstrued, is that when a player cups his ears after scoring, it’s usually aimed at the opposing fans.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Hull Baggie on November 25, 2019, 11:04:22 AM
The reason it may have been misconstrued, is that when a player cups his ears after scoring, it’s usually aimed at the opposing fans.

you could be right, I just took it to mean he wanted to hear the adulation from the crowd.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: KN22 on November 25, 2019, 12:38:59 PM
Am I wrong that I felt his celebration was a dig at the fans?

Hopefully you are wrong and I didn't see it that way at the time. You have however now made me think....
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: OllieTheBaggie on November 25, 2019, 01:17:02 PM
Hopefully you are wrong and I didn't see it that way at the time. You have however now made me think....

I thought the same thing too, it doesnt really make sense as hes gotten off pretty lightly though.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: ComebackStrodds on November 25, 2019, 02:59:06 PM

Yes.
Why would it be a dig? he just wanted his name sung. He’s had plenty of grace from the fans and one converted pen is hardly a statement
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: TheJacko2000 on November 25, 2019, 04:16:39 PM
Why would it be a dig? he just wanted his name sung. He’s had plenty of grace from the fans and one converted pen is hardly a statement


Reading full posts is your friend....
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: mulliganstired on November 25, 2019, 05:28:58 PM
Hasn't he hit the woodwork 3 times now?  If he was on 5 goals from his time on the pitch we'd probably be saying jolly good...margins as always...
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Marcus on November 25, 2019, 05:38:01 PM
I do think it strange that he put his fingers "in" his ears as opposed to cupping them. Odd !
We got 3 points so to be honest I don't really care.

He certainly doesn't seem to be getting any fitter though. Has he always had a "stocky" build ?
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: costa blanca baggie on November 25, 2019, 06:25:41 PM
Hopefully you are wrong and I didn't see it that way at the time. You have however now made me think....
It would have been less confusing if he’d celebrated with his teammates and fans. I’ve gotta feeling he’s been on the unsociable network. 😉
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: mulliganstired on November 25, 2019, 07:40:27 PM
I do think it strange that he put his fingers "in" his ears as opposed to cupping them. Odd !
We got 3 points so to be honest I don't really care.

He certainly doesn't seem to be getting any fitter though. Has he always had a "stocky" build ?
I think he was always quite chunky and relied on his awareness drifting about the box making himself a nuisance rather than any great skill or pace
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: chipperclark on November 25, 2019, 10:09:06 PM
 ;D Still think we should experiment with 2 up-front. Austin/HKR or Zohore/Austin or Zohore/HKR....this would put extra pressure on opponents defence and might also create a few "combinations" which we are probably lacking.....something I hope Slaven is thinking about,as it might bring more goals. ;D
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Adder on November 25, 2019, 10:31:47 PM
;D Still think we should experiment with 2 up-front. Austin/HKR or Zohore/Austin or Zohore/HKR....this would put extra pressure on opponents defence and might also create a few "combinations" which we are probably lacking.....something I hope Slaven is thinking about,as it might bring more goals. ;D
We are top of the league though and just starting to open a gap between us and third...so why should we experiment ?...also Perreira wouldn't have the central freedom he has at the moment if we played two up top.

Back to Austin, he has been a touch unlucky in games so far as with the header on Saturday. It would suit him more if we put in just a few more aerial crosses for him to attack.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Hunnington Baggie on November 26, 2019, 01:14:21 AM
;D Still think we should experiment with 2 up-front. Austin/HKR or Zohore/Austin or Zohore/HKR....this would put extra pressure on opponents defence and might also create a few "combinations" which we are probably lacking.....something I hope Slaven is thinking about,as it might bring more goals. ;D
so who fills the giant Perreira shaped hole at CAM to bridge the strikers and the deep lying midfielders Livermore and Sawyers? while not getting outnumbered in midfield?
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: chipperclark on November 26, 2019, 05:25:49 AM
 ;D Its simple you play with 1 less DM, or get one to push up a bit more ,probably Sawyer,as he is more mobile. With the back 4 changing to a back 3 when we are attacking and slipping back to 4-2-3-1 when defending.

Sawyer would probably need a rest after about 60 mins,with the workload.

Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Hunnington Baggie on November 26, 2019, 08:38:40 AM
;D Its simple you play with 1 less DM, or get one to push up a bit more ,probably Sawyer,as he is more mobile. With the back 4 changing to a back 3 when we are attacking and slipping back to 4-2-3-1 when defending.

Sawyer would probably need a rest after about 60 mins,with the workload.
so the player known for moving backwards in order to get the ball and passing from deep rather than running with it should be in CAM? I think you’ll inadvertently cut off the 2 strikers and you’ll end up scoring less overall.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Hull Baggie on November 26, 2019, 08:51:23 AM
;D Still think we should experiment with 2 up-front. Austin/HKR or Zohore/Austin or Zohore/HKR....this would put extra pressure on opponents defence and might also create a few "combinations" which we are probably lacking.....something I hope Slaven is thinking about,as it might bring more goals. ;D

we are joint top scorers in the league, goals aren't an issue. Keeping clean sheets at home is more of an issue.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Albionic on November 26, 2019, 10:48:13 AM
Frankly while we are winning, wether 3-2 / 3-1 / 1-0 / 11-10 doesn't matter. At some point we will have a few dodgy results, that is when we will need the forwards to come to the rescue.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Albionic on November 27, 2019, 10:32:20 PM
I hope that Chaz having 2 in 2 will now kick on and ram my doubts firmly down my throat, well done  Charlie
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: lewisant on November 27, 2019, 10:37:59 PM
If he came on 10 mins earlier i'm convinced he'd have had 2.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: BalisPen on November 28, 2019, 02:48:40 AM
If he came on 10 mins earlier i'm convinced he'd have had 2.

It would be great if he could go a run now after his slow start.

If he got 15 for the season we should be top 2 imo.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Adder on November 28, 2019, 08:06:59 AM
He at last got the slice of luck for his goal, maybe his luck has now turned.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Atomic on November 28, 2019, 08:15:52 AM
He at last got the slice of luck for his goal, maybe his luck has now turned.


Yeah to be fair to him things haven't run for him all season. He deserved that bit of luck.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: BigFrank20 on November 28, 2019, 09:11:30 AM
Anyone seen a clip of his goal anywhere?
All I could see from the back of the Smeth was a scramble and then the ball was in the back of the net
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Fritzl Palace on November 28, 2019, 09:22:13 AM
Anyone seen a clip of his goal anywhere?
All I could see from the back of the Smeth was a scramble and then the ball was in the back of the net

It's on the Sky Sports website.

I personally felt it was not so much luck, more composure from him to even get his body into a position to direct the ball towards the goal to begin with. Strikers instinct.

Pleased he is getting goals now. Just wish we had used the £8m on Zohore elsewhere.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: BigFrank20 on November 28, 2019, 11:53:29 AM
It's on the Sky Sports website.
Cheers mate
https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11688/11871012/championship-highlights-and-round-up-west-brom-back-on-top
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Fritzl Palace on November 28, 2019, 12:04:44 PM
Cheers mate
https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11688/11871012/championship-highlights-and-round-up-west-brom-back-on-top

Yep, echo my earlier post, he did well to get the initial shot off considering the angle and having to adjust his body. Natural striker.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: KN22 on November 28, 2019, 12:58:14 PM
It's on the Sky Sports website.

I personally felt it was not so much luck, more composure from him to even get his body into a position to direct the ball towards the goal to begin with. Strikers instinct.

Pleased he is getting goals now. Just wish we had used the £8m on Zohore elsewhere.

My understanding is that, to date, Zohore has cost 50% of the figure you mention. Cannot be sure of course.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: FallOutBoy on November 28, 2019, 01:03:23 PM
My understanding is that, to date, Zohore has cost 50% of the figure you mention. Cannot be sure of course.

It may be even less. From what I've heard it's like the Brown Ideye deal, in that the reported value far exceeds the amount of money that has actually changed hands.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: zippyandbungle on November 28, 2019, 01:50:40 PM
We are in for about 3m so far, in today’s market that’s not much

It is quite amusing that some are using an 8m figure as a stick, but would (should) know we just would not have paid 8m.
He will probably be off in jan anyway
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Albionic on November 28, 2019, 01:57:00 PM
We are in for about 3m so far, in today’s market that’s not much

It is quite amusing that some are using an 8m figure as a stick, but would (should) know we just would not have paid 8m.
He will probably be off in jan anyway

I dont get the antipathy to Zohore, he was crocked and returned to fitness at the same time HRK started notching, now Charlie has a couple and hopefully kicks on, its hardly surprising big Ken hasn't had much time to impress yet
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Fritzl Palace on November 28, 2019, 01:58:07 PM
Not sure I have necessarily used it as a stick...

My comment was merely that the money invested would, based on the first 1/3 of the season, have been better invested elsewhere.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: zippyandbungle on November 28, 2019, 02:01:11 PM
Not sure I have necessarily used it as a stick...

My comment was merely that the money invested would, based on the first 1/3 of the season, have been better invested elsewhere.
Didn’t mean you sir
You hear grumbles about this “8m waste of money” around the ground

On the second point, you never know when you you sign someone....most would have probably thought Austin would be way ahead of HRK by now.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: seteefeet on November 28, 2019, 02:10:19 PM
Didn’t mean you sir
You hear grumbles about this “8m waste of money” around the ground

On the second point, you never know when you you sign someone....most would have probably thought Austin would be way ahead of HRK by now.
I would have thought the tea lady would have been ahead of HRK by now  :D Happy to have been proven wrong. Bit like the middle of last season, we found a system and team that suited him and he had a purple patch. Long may it continue, he's playing well.
As for Austin, he is going to have to wait for starts, whilst staying hungry and giving his all when coming off the bench. Lately he's doing that incredibly well.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: SmethDan on November 28, 2019, 02:58:08 PM
I don't mean to be unkind or insensitive in any way, but I don't think Charlie's one for staying hungry for any great length of time  :-X .

Ed: I saw a picture of Charlie in his training kit yesterday. Have to admit he looked much leaner than I expected given his loose match day midriff. Thin blue and white stripes are clearly a little unflattering on him. Sorry Charlie.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: paulosull on November 29, 2019, 01:56:37 PM
Love his goal celebration and I want to see it more often ;D over to you Charles.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Albionic on November 30, 2019, 03:36:41 PM
apologies if this has already been posted but it did amuse me

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdxZjRHq2SM
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: alex1 on December 02, 2019, 11:53:46 PM
That's 2 well taken penalties. Looks confident and gets a good contact with the ball.  Looks like he varies which side he shoots to.  Penalty taking is not as easy as some make it out to be.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: costa blanca baggie on December 03, 2019, 01:32:49 AM
What I have noticed about him is he seems to drop back and get involved in order to get things going again. I’m beginning to take a shine to this guy. 
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: iwastherein68 on December 12, 2019, 11:45:46 AM
I thought Charlie was blowing from his harris from the kick-off last night, and was amazed to see him come out for the second half.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Fritzl Palace on December 12, 2019, 11:50:19 AM
I felt sorry for him last night, Edwards, Krov and Phillips were all awful and provided him with absolutely nothing to feed off.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: royhan on December 12, 2019, 12:00:34 PM
He's a dead ball master but I am surprised to see how much lacking he is in pace. I think it is time for Zohore to see what he can do - and he's good at taking penalties too,
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: halifax_baggie on December 12, 2019, 12:15:53 PM
Looks unfit and ponderous, we cannot play him as a lone front man, no doubt he has qualiites and ability to score goals, but pace and first touch are not them :(
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: AlbionFan on December 12, 2019, 12:35:15 PM
I do like Charlie, but I have to say, I think, going forward, we look more mobile and more of a threat in the final third with HRK playing
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: The Black Pearl on December 12, 2019, 12:57:40 PM
Take a look at the points he has won us, 3 points in the last three games
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: smethwick2 on December 12, 2019, 01:01:47 PM
I think he wants to come far too deep as he just hasnt got the legs to keep moving from  the midfield area to the forward line. Ideally he needs to be the player the furthest up the pitch and in front of the ball as much as possible. I think everyone knows that his biggest attribute is his finishing but if he keeps dropping to the centre circle he is not going to get those opportunities. I do get the feeling though that he struggles a little with the system and being the lone man up top, would be a lot more effective if he had a second striker to play off but then who do you drop from midfield to do this
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: tuamigos on December 12, 2019, 01:57:18 PM
HRK gets us up the pitch further and quicker than Austin does, I'd also argue he causes the opposition defenders more problems than Austin
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: TheJacko2000 on December 12, 2019, 02:36:11 PM
Austin has won us 7 points in the last 3 weeks.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: TiptonThrostle on December 12, 2019, 03:04:46 PM
i think Austin isnt a lone man striker.

in a 2 i think he could be effective and if the ball drops in the box i dont think there is anyone better in the league but he has won us 7 points in the last few weeks so that alone is worth the small fee we paid for him.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Manc Baggie on December 13, 2019, 12:24:28 AM
Having seen the footage of him running behind the goal after scoring last night, he could do with shedding a few pounds  :o
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: paulosull on December 14, 2019, 11:18:22 AM
I know that TV puts on 10 pounds but someone has been sneaking a mince pie or three before Christmas ;)
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: WBArgo on December 14, 2019, 02:33:41 PM
He can get to 20 stone if he keeps doing that - what a performance  :o
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: mulliganstired on December 14, 2019, 02:34:07 PM
I know that TV puts on 10 pounds but someone has been sneaking a mince pie or three before Christmas ;)
He can sneak as many as he wants after today!
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Droitwich Baggie on December 14, 2019, 02:35:07 PM
Are we on about Saint Charlie?  ;)
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: gazberg on December 14, 2019, 02:36:07 PM
He's our top scorer now on 8 which is decent going considering he came on deadline day at less than 100% fitness and is a sub half the time. Fair play Charlie!
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: buzzingbaggie on December 14, 2019, 02:37:11 PM
Wow,

Can anyone remember a player change the game like that.

Awesome
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: lewisant on December 14, 2019, 02:49:27 PM
He had the backing from most of us! Absolutely love him! 2 great goals today.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: alex1 on December 14, 2019, 02:53:06 PM
I think he has genuine goal scoring instinct. Both excellent goals today. The second header very clever how he drifted inside and then back outside before placing his header in the corner. 
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Fritzl Palace on December 14, 2019, 03:13:25 PM
Superb again.

I felt sorry for him in the week as I said as he had no one performing behind him. Give him the service, he is lethal.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: WBArgo on December 14, 2019, 03:58:09 PM
Wow,

Can anyone remember a player change the game like that.

Awesome

Diangana at Luton springs to mind.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: The Black Pearl on December 14, 2019, 04:11:36 PM
Take a look at the points he has won us, 3 points in the last three games

Won us 6 points in 4 games now, can't be argued with.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: baggie96 on December 14, 2019, 08:53:35 PM
Brilliant today, 7 goals for the season! Averaging a goal every 123 mins
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: BalisPen on December 14, 2019, 09:43:39 PM
Brilliant today, 7 goals for the season! Averaging a goal every 123 mins

When I saw him celebrate his goal by running behind the goal against Wigan I thought he looked a bit overweight and put it down to the tight shirt and lack of a pre season.

But, that goal and his 2 today were proper striker's goals and his finishing is what matters and if that continues I don't care even if he looks like Akinfenwa.

Got to start on Saturday if GD is injured and move Hal to the left.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Droitwich Baggie on December 14, 2019, 10:02:33 PM
That sounds about right to me, too.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: beechyboy90 on December 14, 2019, 10:19:22 PM
He seems to finally have found his form. Starts at home on the bench away is the best way to get our money's worth out of him.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: KN22 on December 15, 2019, 08:49:35 AM
Massive shout for Charlie for those goals yesterday. Absolutely stunning.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: TheJacko2000 on December 15, 2019, 08:50:55 AM
Just a superb striker, in his own words, 'made a career of it.'
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: mulliganstired on December 15, 2019, 09:33:13 AM
Hopefully he'll go on a scoring burst now over Xmas, HRK has just done his bit
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Nathan on December 15, 2019, 12:44:02 PM
I love the bloke. What is so good is that he plays with a smile on his face and with genuine enthusiasm like I've rarely seen from any Albion player. It's quite infectious and it's evidently rubbing off of his team mates. He is brilliant for us, with or without the goals.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Atomic on December 15, 2019, 12:49:19 PM
I love his attitude he is uber confident in his own ability and he has an infectious nature that can only be helpful to the young players we have.

I'd imagine he is idolised in the dressing room.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: TheBrom on December 15, 2019, 01:43:06 PM
I love the bloke. What is so good is that he plays with a smile on his face and with genuine enthusiasm like I've rarely seen from any Albion player. It's quite infectious and it's evidently rubbing off of his team mates. He is brilliant for us, with or without the goals.

Yep totally agree and have always felt the same. Seems like a good player to have both on the pitch and off it. Interestingly I saw his wife posted on Twitter the other week that he'd gone to a toy shop and bought a load of gifts for a children's charity too.

https://twitter.com/BiancaAustin90/status/1202684631855878144
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: gerry m on December 15, 2019, 01:58:40 PM
Got to admit when he signed i had my doubts, but boy he knows where the net is.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: EastYorksAlbion on December 15, 2019, 03:22:10 PM
Got to admit when he signed i had my doubts, but boy he knows where the net is.

Had a look and noticed straight away people were whining he hasn’t done enough or about the fact she has posted about it, can’t please some people.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Dan87uk on December 15, 2019, 04:18:59 PM
Sadly looks like he's lost the magic now and it just hasn't clicked for him with us.

I'm so pleased to have been proven wrong since October 26th when I put this.

Keep banging them in Charlie  ;D
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Albionic on December 15, 2019, 04:50:06 PM
I was highly sceptical and still have lingering doubts but another couple of games like that and the humble pie will be eaten with relish
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Droitwich Baggie on December 15, 2019, 06:02:15 PM
I held my fire. All new players need time.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: johnnyg on December 15, 2019, 07:49:09 PM
His after-match interviews on the pitch with Sky are refreshingly straight, honest, and to the point.
A good guy to have in the dressing room, I'd say.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: mateinone on December 16, 2019, 06:46:17 AM
Has been a great pickup with his recent minutes:goals ratio
I think he is best off coming on as a sub, defenders need to really be on their toes and we are scoring a lot late.

I am very very pleased with how this signing has worked out
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: tuamigos on December 16, 2019, 06:59:56 AM
I was highly sceptical and still have lingering doubts but another couple of games like that and the humble pie will be eaten with relish

Same here
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: seteefeet on December 16, 2019, 10:06:16 AM
Unfortunately, for him, he is the perfect sub. If a striker comes on with 20 mins left, it's usually because we are either chasing the game or out of sight so the team will be set up to attack, which is perfect for old Charlie as he is pretty much guaranteed chances. HRK doesn't have the same impact off the bench because he is not a natural centre forward and nowhere near as clinical, his hold up play, however, makes him a better starter.
For this reason I think we will see HRK continue to start with Charlie coming on.
Still need another striker though as the "Lesser Spotted Zohore" appears on the verge of extinction.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: frazzle on December 16, 2019, 10:51:07 AM
His finishing has definitely improved. I still don’t see him offer much else though and while I can’t believe what I’m typing, I think Kanu offers more to the team with Austin coming on when there is more space against tiring defenders
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: AlbionFan on December 16, 2019, 11:07:36 AM
His finishing has definitely improved. I still don’t see him offer much else though and while I can’t believe what I’m typing, I think Kanu offers more to the team with Austin coming on when there is more space against tiring defenders

I mentioned the very same thing earlier in this thread. We are a lot more mobile in the final third of the pitch with HRK playing. But Charlie is a natural goalscorer.

We have the best of both worlds
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: baggiebof on December 16, 2019, 11:45:53 AM
I have been saying since we signed him that he is finished and that has proven to be incorrect in recent weeks. What is true is that physically he is not the player he was and that he doesn't bring a great amount to the team in the system we play. He is however still a very good finisher, I think this from steefeet describes the situation perfectly:

Unfortunately, for him, he is the perfect sub. If a striker comes on with 20 mins left, it's usually because we are either chasing the game or out of sight so the team will be set up to attack, which is perfect for old Charlie as he is pretty much guaranteed chances.

Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Sted1990 on December 16, 2019, 12:13:21 PM
4-4-2 is a genuine option for me against lesser opposition.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: MarkW on December 16, 2019, 12:30:56 PM
4-4-2 is a genuine option for me against lesser opposition.

Where does Pereira play in a 4-4-2? On the wing?
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Sted1990 on December 16, 2019, 07:59:54 PM
Where does Pereira play in a 4-4-2? On the wing?

The wing or use it the odd game we want to rest him.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: chipperclark on December 16, 2019, 11:38:35 PM
 ;D I always said play both of them ,like the last 20 minutes against Brum,ripped them apart.

This is when Bilic went to a 3-5-2 and it won us the game :D

i think we have enough mobility in the back 3 ,now,to work the play that way.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Atomic on December 17, 2019, 10:25:05 AM
;D I always said play both of them ,like the last 20 minutes against Brum,ripped them apart.

This is when Bilic went to a 3-5-2 and it won us the game :D

i think we have enough mobility in the back 3 ,now,to work the play that way.


We certainly do if Slav decides to go that way:

                               Johnstone

           Ferguson     Bartley       Ajayi

Furlong      LIvermore         Sawyers   Gibbs

                                  Pereira

                    Kanu                    Austin



Looks very strong on paper as do potential replacements in the main. I'm assuming Slav would see this as his first choice line up.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: WBAlbion123 on December 17, 2019, 12:09:41 PM

We certainly do if Slav decides to go that way:

                               Johnstone

           Ferguson     Bartley       Ajayi

Furlong      LIvermore         Sawyers   Gibbs

                                  Pereira

                    Kanu                    Austin



Looks very strong on paper as do potential replacements in the main. I'm assuming Slav would see this as his first choice line up.

Like the team but think Phillips would feel hard done by.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: baggiepipe on December 17, 2019, 10:36:56 PM

We certainly do if Slav decides to go that way:

                               Johnstone

           Ferguson     Bartley       Ajayi

Furlong      LIvermore         Sawyers   Gibbs

                                  Pereira

                    Kanu                    Austin



Looks very strong on paper as do potential replacements in the main. I'm assuming Slav would see this as his first choice line up.

I like it. If Gibbs isn't ready  Phillips can play there, or come in as a 2nd half sub
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: tommcneill on January 08, 2020, 12:40:40 PM
Brilliant interview with Chaz

https://www.wba.co.uk/news/2020/january/the-star-interview-charlie-austin/

The more I hear and see what he does outside of football the more I like him.

Top man
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Dynamo10 on January 08, 2020, 01:10:40 PM
Brilliant interview with Chaz

https://www.wba.co.uk/news/2020/january/the-star-interview-charlie-austin/

The more I hear and see what he does outside of football the more I like him.

Top man

I'm with you on that. It's refreshing to see/hear a footballer that doesn't come across as scripted and robotic.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Foster#1 on February 16, 2020, 12:43:18 PM
Charlie being bit of a tosser to social media
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: lewisant on February 16, 2020, 02:09:30 PM
Has he deleted things as i can't see too much??
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Atomic on February 16, 2020, 02:18:44 PM
No story here. Tiny fuss about nothing.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: gazberg on February 16, 2020, 02:53:29 PM
Has he deleted things as i can't see too much??

Yeah he called a Saints fan a "cheeky c__T" and saids that Saints fans were "5hit" in general. Not the end of the world.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: tuamigos on February 16, 2020, 03:22:13 PM
Yeah he called a Saints fan a "cheeky c__T" and saids that Saints fans were "5hit" in general. Not the end of the world.

Just stating fact as I see it
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: baggiejohn on February 17, 2020, 08:30:07 PM
Yeah he called a Saints fan a "cheeky c__T" and saids that Saints fans were "5hit" in general. Not the end of the world.


Looks like he's in trouble for it now, been asked to comment by the FA
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: SmethDan on February 17, 2020, 11:14:31 PM
While he's there passing comment he could always ask them what's happening regards the racism allegation against the Leeds keeper. He could also ask which is the potentially greater offence. A charge of alleged racism which appears to have gone on the backburner, or a spat on tw@tter which appears to have caught their urgent attention. Answers on a postcard please.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Standaman on February 18, 2020, 06:49:05 AM
Football fans dish out a huge amount of stick to players on social media even when they are not being outright racist some of it is utterly over the top and vile. Yet when a player bites back the fans clutch their beads and the player gets into hot water. Players now know how this works and as such I am surprised many bother with these platforms at all, and when most of them don't fans will complain that the players don't interact with them and are ever more distant. Well fans maybe need to stop being ********.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: caravanc58 on February 18, 2020, 09:29:11 AM
While he's there passing comment he could always ask them what's happening regards the racism allegation against the Leeds keeper. He could also ask which is the potentially greater offence. A charge of alleged racism which appears to have gone on the backburner, or a spat on tw@tter which appears to have caught their urgent attention. Answers on a postcard please.
Sure I read somewhere the hearing is this week about the Leeds keeper.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: paulosull on February 18, 2020, 12:05:05 PM

Looks like he's in trouble for it now, been asked to comment by the FA
know alot of Pompey fans who would agree bunch of scabs is their favourite saying but with more expletives.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: ashdoy on March 05, 2020, 01:43:42 PM
Heard on Tuesday night this lad is on £40k a week with Southampton still paying him £60k a week.

£6k a week goal bonus.

Also still lives in Hungerford despite being told by Bilic to move closer.

Anybody know if this is true?
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: TiptonThrostle on March 05, 2020, 01:45:52 PM
Heard on Tuesday night this lad is on £40k a week with Southampton still paying him £60k a week.

£6k a week goal bonus.

Also still lives in Hungerford despite being told by Bilic to move closer.

Anybody know if this is true?




i would be amazed if we agreed to pay him £40k a week on a 2 year deal with us in the championship.

premier league maybe, but no chance in this league.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: boinging_along on March 05, 2020, 01:47:31 PM
Heard on Tuesday night this lad is on £40k a week with Southampton still paying him £60k a week.

£6k a week goal bonus.

Also still lives in Hungerford despite being told by Bilic to move closer.

Anybody know if this is true?

There is no way he is receiving £100k a week.  Why would Southampton still be paying him now he's left?
£6k a week goal bonus also doesn't make sense.  It would  be more like £6k goal bonus, not sure how the phrase "a week" fits in there.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: ashdoy on March 05, 2020, 01:56:49 PM
There is no way he is receiving £100k a week.  Why would Southampton still be paying him now he's left?
£6k a week goal bonus also doesn't make sense.  It would  be more like £6k goal bonus, not sure how the phrase "a week" fits in there.

I didnt mean the "a week" part lol, sorry!

Just googled it, he was on £100k a week at Saints! madness!!
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Mooncat on March 05, 2020, 03:00:30 PM
So'ton may still be paying him as that happened infamously at Leeds when they 'sold' Robbie Fowler and a few others but due to the stupid contracts they'd been given the players were still being paid despite moving as no-one else would pay them anywhere near, so for Leeds saving say £50k per week from £150k was better than the player staying with them and them paying the full amount.
So it could be that's why Austin was originally reluctant to move, we were offering him a lower wage but then Southampton decided to 'save' £40k per week and pay the difference. But that is pure speculation
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Standaman on March 05, 2020, 05:03:34 PM
My guess is that Austin's outstanding contract was tidied up with the transfer i.e. paid up.  There is no way on this earth are we paying him £40k a week in the Championship. I suspect he only joined us when other Premier League options weren't forthcoming (were Palace rumoured to be interested?)
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: johnny Cash on March 05, 2020, 05:32:25 PM
Agree with what Stan has said, Southampton likely had to compensate him in order for CA's move here to cross the line, and rightly so. Why should he have sacrificed money owed to him on a contract. 

I also doubt his living situation in Hungerford is an issue at the club. His situation would no doubt have been discussed when he signed. At his age (with a young family) and his profile I suspect it is likely we were happy for him to commute. 5 hours a day in a car can't be ideal but I would imagine he stays locally a couple of times per week.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: mulliganstired on March 05, 2020, 06:26:02 PM
Wherever he's living and however he's travelling, he doesn't look terribly fit.  But his strength was always nicking goals by being in the the right place at the right time, eg v Birmingham, so he was never going to look that good as a lone striker trying to hold the ball up. 
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: OldburyWBA on March 05, 2020, 08:19:59 PM
Don't know where he lives but he is chauffer driven around, not sure if its due to a driving ban or just to let him have a kip on the way home every day or what, surprised club haven't given him an apartment locally, that's if we still own them.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Droitwich Baggie on March 05, 2020, 08:40:45 PM
Don't know where he lives but he is chauffer driven around, not sure if its due to a driving ban or just to let him have a kip on the way home every day or what, surprised club haven't given him an apartment locally, that's if we still own them.
Different to the 1950' and 60's.
They were sorted out lodgings and nothing more.
Bobby Robson had lodgings in Copthorne Road Handsworth and finally bought a house there too.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: zippyandbungle on March 05, 2020, 11:00:57 PM
Different to the 1950' and 60's.
They were sorted out lodgings and nothing more.
Bobby Robson had lodgings in Copthorne Road Handsworth and finally bought a house there too.
Club had property in the mailbox in recent times and Olsson was in one of them , I think they have also taken some property in Hockley/jewellery qtr...Krov was there pre Christmas
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: BalisPen on March 06, 2020, 12:48:17 AM
Club had property in the mailbox in recent times and Olsson was in one of them , I think they have also taken some property in Hockley/jewellery qtr...Krov was there pre Christmas

Olsson wasn't in the mailbox he was in the penthouse at Centenary plaza for years before they had a kid and moved. I still live there , and I used to see and chat to him quite a bit. The club don't own of the properties here they just have links to estate agents who they introduce to the players or their agents.

Jerome Thomas used to live here too and Brendan Batson has recently moved out.

Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: SmethDan on March 06, 2020, 12:59:37 AM
We also had a property near the Walsall Road until fairly recently, well twelve to eighteen months ago. Pretty sure it was a four bedroom house. Sold subject to contract in the region of £750,000 from memory. Looked up properties listed to us on the open access page at Company House and cross referenced them to estate agencies. At the time we owned a number of small flats in the Walsall area. I haven't checked on their collective status for ages though.

Ed: just remembered, the house was near the Crown. Think it may have been on or close to Blackberry Lane.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: timdon on March 06, 2020, 10:51:52 AM
It was pretty obvious at the time that Austin was well past his peak and would only decline from here on in. How often have we as a club paid over the odds for aging players, only to find out that they weren't as good as we thought? The only 2 positives are that 1 We're not as bad as Stoke for this 2 We only gave him a 2 year contract. Nevertheless, he is on good wages with even more if we go up, which will just be a drain on resources for no reason. Even if we stay down, he will be no use to us next season.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: elmo_in_swansea on March 06, 2020, 01:24:58 PM
Different to the 1950' and 60's.
They were sorted out lodgings and nothing more.
Bobby Robson had lodgings in Copthorne Road Handsworth and finally bought a house there too.
Yes, Copthall Road, he was opposite my grand-parents house, my late father told me this story.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: baggiemart on March 06, 2020, 02:30:33 PM
Charlie Austin has got to be the worst centre forward we have had here.  He gives us absolutely nothing. He's got no pace, he can't compete in the air, he's not even big enough to muscle the centre half around. The 2nd biggest waste of money in recent times (Burke was the first).

Bilic can't surely pick him on the bench again tomorrow !!!   At least Zohore has pace and is big enough to compete in the air. Or even give the youngsters a taste of being part of the first team squad like Tulloch.

I'm just pleased that Robson Kanu stepped us this season otherwise we would have been in trouble.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Morany on March 06, 2020, 02:38:40 PM
Charlie Austin has got to be the worst centre forward we have had here.  He gives us absolutely nothing. He's got no pace, he can't compete in the air, he's not even big enough to muscle the centre half around. The 2nd biggest waste of money in recent times (Burke was the first).

Bilic can't surely pick him on the bench again tomorrow !!!   At least Zohore has pace and is big enough to compete in the air. Or even give the youngsters a taste of being part of the first team squad like Tulloch.

I'm just pleased that Robson Kanu stepped us this season otherwise we would have been in trouble.

Have you been on the sauce?

Worst we've ever had?
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: baggiemart on March 06, 2020, 02:54:21 PM
Have you been on the sauce?

Worst we've ever had?


Okay ,  lets hear who is worst  ???
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Aztech on March 06, 2020, 03:13:11 PM

Okay ,  lets hear who is worst  ???

I can think of numerous, how about Ricky Lambert for a start.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Morany on March 06, 2020, 03:20:00 PM
We've had a load of strikers over the years worse, to even consider Austin who has a 1 in 2 record in the championship as the worst we've had is beyond me.

It doesn't help we ask him to do donkey work, more suited to the likes of Kanu. Austin whilst in decline is a finisher. Blues (a) a prime example.

Craig Beattie, Thievy Bifouma, James Quinn, Fabian De Freitas, Rickie Lambert , Sherjill MacDonald, Luke Moore . All worse

Shall I carry on?
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: baggiemart on March 06, 2020, 03:20:45 PM
I can think of numerous, how about Ricky Lambert for a start.

Good shout !

He is probably on a par with Austin.  Lambert was ex southampton as well. 

Need to keep away from ex southampton strikers !!!
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: baggiemart on March 06, 2020, 03:25:46 PM
We've had a load of strikers over the years worse, to even consider Austin who has a 1 in 2 record in the championship as the worst we've had is beyond me.

It doesn't help we ask him to do donkey work, more suited to the likes of Kanu. Austin whilst in decline is a finisher. Blues (a) a prime example.

Craig Beattie, Thievy Bifouma, James Quinn, Fabian De Freitas, Rickie Lambert , Sherjill MacDonald, Luke Moore . All worse

Shall I carry on?

I cannot see how you can defend Austin.  He is a complete donkey. Not even worth a place on the bench.

If we get promoted we need to send him out on loan somewhere.  Maybe someone like Southend will take him. That's about his level. 

Southampton couldn't believe their luck when we took him. 

Listening too the Southampton fans at the time we brought him they were saying how useless he is and I thought it was them being upset at losing him.  Boy oh boy  they were so right  !!!
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Morany on March 06, 2020, 03:29:12 PM
He won't be good enough next year, but I defend him on his goals record alone in this league. He's good enough.

Asking him to run the channels and bully defenders won't work. It's not his game.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Atomic on March 06, 2020, 03:31:03 PM

Okay ,  lets hear who is worst  ???


Paul Wiliams, Stewart Evans, Stewart Phillips, Sherjill McDonald without even five seconds thought time.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: alex1 on March 06, 2020, 04:02:30 PM
We also had a property near the Walsall Road until fairly recently, well twelve to eighteen months ago. Pretty sure it was a four bedroom house. Sold subject to contract in the region of £750,000 from memory. Looked up properties listed to us on the open access page at Company House and cross referenced them to estate agencies. At the time we owned a number of small flats in the Walsall area. I haven't checked on their collective status for ages though.

Ed: just remembered, the house was near the Crown. Think it may have been on or close to Blackberry Lane.
You must have a few quid in the bank owning all these properties!
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: timdon on March 06, 2020, 04:12:49 PM
We've had a load of strikers over the years worse, to even consider Austin who has a 1 in 2 record in the championship as the worst we've had is beyond me.

It doesn't help we ask him to do donkey work, more suited to the likes of Kanu. Austin whilst in decline is a finisher. Blues (a) a prime example.

Craig Beattie, Thievy Bifouma, James Quinn, Fabian De Freitas, Rickie Lambert , Sherjill MacDonald, Luke Moore . All worse

Shall I carry on?
Clearly I'm not Austin's biggest fan on current form, but even I have to admit that to mention him in the same sentence as any of these would be close to slander.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: miggybaggy on March 06, 2020, 04:13:14 PM

Paul Wiliams, Stewart Evans, Stewart Phillips, Sherjill McDonald without even five seconds thought time.

Ha ha! If any youngsters out there think Austins rubbish, you should have seen Evans (86/87?)....absolutely bloody hilarious!
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: baggiemart on March 06, 2020, 04:55:21 PM
No sorry its Austin for me.

Tuesday was the last straw. 

It's a good job we were not dependant on him to score the goals this season.

Sooner he's gone the better !!!

When you class the worst strikers take into account the league we were playing in.  At least Lambert was playing premier league.  Although he was poor.

And of the goals scored by Austin , how many were penalties ??
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: mulliganstired on March 06, 2020, 06:29:50 PM
No sorry its Austin for me.

Tuesday was the last straw. 

It's a good job we were not dependant on him to score the goals this season.

Sooner he's gone the better !!!

When you class the worst strikers take into account the league we were playing in.  At least Lambert was playing premier league.  Although he was poor.

And of the goals scored by Austin , how many were penalties ??
When used properly as a sub he will still be useful this year, if he does what he did at Brum once more that will do for me.  Next year?  Deal with that when we get there.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: albion59 on March 06, 2020, 06:47:53 PM
Joe Mayo, John Thomas and Paul Edwards now they were bad!!
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: gazberg on March 06, 2020, 06:54:24 PM
Kwame Ampadu  :-[ :-X
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: LiamTheBaggie on March 06, 2020, 06:56:16 PM
A who is worse competition is a debate for another thread  :D

Let’s keep this one on Charlie Austin
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: baggiemart on March 06, 2020, 07:35:05 PM
When used properly as a sub he will still be useful this year, if he does what he did at Brum once more that will do for me.  Next year?  Deal with that when we get there.

So 2 good moments a season from 1 player  is good enough !!!!!

Good job we don't have such low standards from all our players !
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: lewisant on March 06, 2020, 11:34:01 PM
So 2 good moments a season from 1 player  is good enough !!!!!

Good job we don't have such low standards from all our players !

He's had more than 2 good moments and won some crucial points even if it was showing some steel from the spot. I think people are being harsh on him to be honest. I also think if he'd have started as many games as HRK he'd have more goals...but maybe our midfielders would have fewer.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: baggie38 on March 07, 2020, 05:28:39 AM
Got us some big points this season but I think we need to move him on in the summer especially if we do as expected and get that promotion.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: tuamigos on March 07, 2020, 06:14:32 AM
He's had more than 2 good moments and won some crucial points even if it was showing some steel from the spot. I think people are being harsh on him to be honest. I also think if he'd have started as many games as HRK he'd have more goals...but maybe our midfielders would have fewer.

there's a reason why he hasn't started so many games.
Its about the team not the individual.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: zippyandbungle on March 07, 2020, 07:59:45 AM
It doesn’t matter if he’s better or worse than Fabian de Freitas...he’s here because the recruitment team (who did have a fantastic summer and winter window) thought it was the right choice.
His record is good,he has scored some crucial goals.....he’s also forgotten how to run and acted a bit petulant at times.
For me he cannot start in the champ and should be moved on in the summer .
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: KN22 on March 07, 2020, 08:14:21 AM
It doesn’t matter if he’s better or worse than Fabian de Freitas...he’s here because the recruitment team (who did have a fantastic summer and winter window) thought it was the right choice.
His record is good,he has scored some crucial goals.....he’s also forgotten how to run and acted a bit petulant at times.
For me he cannot start in the champ and should be moved on in the summer .

A very good summing up.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Standaman on March 07, 2020, 08:52:30 AM
I was less than enthusiastic about signing him. To my mind these are the types of signing that bedevilled us on the way down and here we are in the Championship making the same mistake of taking a proven player on a big salary who is obviously past his prime.

In mitigation he only just turned 30 in July we only gave him a two year contract I am equally sure we are paying a fraction of what he was on at Southampton and we only paid £4m which is now not looking quite as good as it did at the time.

He has scored a few goals and in terms goals per 90 minutes played he has 0.6 which is a little better than HRK's 0.5. Oddly if either played every minute of every game and maintained their output there is a 20 goal a season striker (don't start me on that nonsense).  Yet Austin's all round play has been hugely disappointing. He does not link play well and his contribution outside of goal scoring is virtually non existent.   

Going forward I fear we are stuck with him next year, his agent will no doubt have secured a promotion clause in his contract which will take his wages way beyond what most teams in the Championship can afford and therefore I fear we will struggle to get him off our payroll.

While a lot of focus next summer will be on who the club brings in the bigger challenge for the DOF will be getting a few of our current players out the door.








Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: elmo_in_swansea on March 07, 2020, 10:10:41 AM
To be fair, I'm only going to comment on the Newcastle match, which really didn't do Austin any favours and actually in my opinion made him look poor on the evening. Most of the time he was on the pitch we just seemed to lump balls up to him bypassing our aged midfield pairing, whereas he had nothing around him.
Whether he is the answer to our side, I'd say not as we need to progress with younger players, although that is easier said than done,
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: gazberg on March 07, 2020, 10:26:09 AM
He's OK at this level but needs to be moved in in the summer if we go up. He's also completely not suited to the system we play which doesn't help at all.

Think he's justified his wages though as he's contributed some crucial goals.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: lewisant on March 07, 2020, 11:00:51 AM
As Standaman has said, we will struggle to move him on. We probably need to accept that he will be our third striker next season. With 1 up front he's probably the best we would get as a third choice.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: liverbaggie on March 07, 2020, 12:10:54 PM
I know he was expensive but he has scored important goals.
However,I think his coming has spured on HRK ,Philips Zohore?
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: geoff on March 09, 2020, 09:48:10 AM
I know he was expensive but he has scored important goals.
However,I think his coming has spured on HRK ,Philips Zohore?

Spured on or not that trio along with Austin need replacing If we win promotion.
Plus Brunt & Barry.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: TheJacko2000 on March 15, 2020, 09:09:10 PM
Don't know about who is or isn't worse, but Charlie Austin is currently the best striker on our books, so there's two worse before we start.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: KN22 on March 15, 2020, 10:54:12 PM
No he’s not. I always rated him but recent displays have told me that he’s finished at this level
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: gazberg on March 15, 2020, 11:08:21 PM
going to struggle to move him and Zohore on this summer!
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: zippyandbungle on March 16, 2020, 10:29:48 AM
going to struggle to move him and Zohore on this summer!
there is always a buyer, the question is how much we are willing to lose.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Standaman on March 16, 2020, 11:05:42 AM
there is always a buyer, the question is how much we are willing to lose.

The problem with Austin is that he might be okay for a 20 minute cameo here and there when his team is chasing a game and needs a goal but it is very obvious that he hasn't got 90 minutes in him even at Championship level. Even if Albion were prepared to take the maximum loss of £2m on the fee plus whatever it took to get his salary down to something reasonable at championship level the buying club still hasn't exactly got a bargain because you still only really got a bit part player.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: gazberg on March 16, 2020, 11:14:33 AM
I'd let him go on a free to get him off the books. I think he would do OK in the champo in a system that suited him more. Ours doesn't suit him at all but he's produced the goods when the chips were down tbf.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Signor_Maresca on March 16, 2020, 01:09:59 PM
The problem with Austin is that he might be okay for a 20 minute cameo here and there when his team is chasing a game and needs a goal but it is very obvious that he hasn't got 90 minutes in him even at Championship level. Even if Albion were prepared to take the maximum loss of £2m on the fee plus whatever it took to get his salary down to something reasonable at championship level the buying club still hasn't exactly got a bargain because you still only really got a bit part player.
Not that I disagree but how can he not have a 90 minutes in him. He is 30.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Standaman on March 16, 2020, 05:59:39 PM
Not that I disagree but how can he not have a 90 minutes in him. He is 30.

That is a good question beyond the fact that players decline at different rates and 30 while relatively early it is certainly at the wrong end of the age curve. Add in the fact that across the last 3 seasons he has had lengthy lay offs and might not have looked after himself all that well.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: AlbionFan on March 16, 2020, 06:16:25 PM
That is a good question beyond the fact that players decline at different rates and 30 while relatively early it is certainly at the wrong end of the age curve. Add in the fact that across the last 3 seasons he has had lengthy lay offs and might not have looked after himself all that well.

Knowing someone how knew him (past tense acknowledged) I think that is the real issue
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: hardtobeat on March 20, 2020, 06:04:51 PM
Has got the disease . Apparently thinks he caught it at Cheltenham  :( :(
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Atomic on March 20, 2020, 06:22:33 PM
He'll be fine, just a flu to someone like him.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Standaman on March 20, 2020, 06:25:08 PM
Apparently has acute symptoms but given he is a young elite level athlete that should not be life threatening   
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: AlbionFan on March 20, 2020, 06:52:51 PM
Joseph Masi Twitter Account

“ Breaking: Update to Austin story. Despite reports Albion can confirm Charlie Austin has not been tested for coronavirus. He is self-isolating having experienced symptoms last weekend. However he is now made a full recovery. And no other Albion player has reported symptoms.”
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: AlbionFan on March 20, 2020, 07:05:22 PM
“West Brom striker Charlie Austin suffering symptoms associated with coronavirus”

Latest from Joseph Masi at the E&S

Source: https://www.expressandstar.com/sport/football/west-bromwich-albion/2020/03/20/west-brom-striker-charlie-austin-diagnosed-with-coronavirus/

Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: costa blanca baggie on March 20, 2020, 08:55:25 PM
Has got the disease . Apparently thinks he caught it at Cheltenham  :( :(
This is so sad. Rumours spreading quicker than a virus.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: OldburyWBA on March 20, 2020, 09:19:29 PM
He hasn't got it, hasn't tested positive for it, just displayed symptoms and self isolated, fake news again.

https://www.wba.co.uk/news/2020/march/albion-clarify-austin-virus-story/

Albion would like to clarify that striker Charlie Austin has NOT tested positive for COVID-19.

Charlie reported symptoms commonly associated with the coronavirus and on medical advice from the Club was told to stay away from training and “self-isolate” a week ago.

Contrary to reports this evening, Charlie was not tested for the virus and has subsequently made a full recovery.

“I felt terrible for a few days but I never tested for the virus and feel fine now,” said Charlie.

“It was sensible advice to self-isolate from the rest of the lads and from my family during this period. I’ve now made a full recovery.”

The Club would like to confirm that no other players have required testing for coronavirus.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: alex1 on March 20, 2020, 10:23:20 PM
He hasn't tested positive, but unless he's been tested, how does anyone know?
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Albionic on March 20, 2020, 10:26:13 PM
I haven't tested positive ( in a Kirk Douglas stylee)
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: FallOutBoy on March 23, 2020, 08:52:27 AM
If he'd had it since September then it would explain why he was blowing out his backside after 5 mins every game.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: darbolina on March 23, 2020, 09:27:07 AM
I think he self-isolated from his team mates on the pitch a few times during the season too!  :P ouch (sorry)
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: boinging_along on March 23, 2020, 09:37:05 AM
With his chest control he's screwed.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: baggiemart on April 20, 2020, 07:42:15 PM
This could be a good shout if it happens

https://www.footballinsider247.com/west-brom-willing-to-sell-rangers-target-austin-for-knockdown-fee/
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: gazberg on April 20, 2020, 07:47:59 PM
Yes please. Not good enough for the PL anymore. We need a new front 3 if we go up but i think Bilic loves HRK so can see him staying.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: baggiemart on April 20, 2020, 07:57:17 PM
HRK deserves his chance in the top league.  Without his goals this season we would have been struggling to keep up with the top 3.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Hull Baggie on April 20, 2020, 07:57:33 PM
A few games apart, I think he's been very disappointing and definitely not up to Prem League should we go up.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: gazberg on April 20, 2020, 07:58:56 PM
HRK deserves his chance in the top league.  Without his goals this season we would have been struggling to keep up with the top 3.

HRK has already had a few seasons in the PL and not done well. I'd like to see him move on but i think he will stay.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: WBArgo on April 20, 2020, 08:02:12 PM
HRK has already had a few seasons in the PL and not done well. I'd like to see him move on but i think he will stay.
Before this season I'd certainly agree.

But I think Bilic has changed him for the better. This season he's been incredible at times, maybe he's been coached differently, who knows? But he's definitely better. Even without his goals there's something clicked with his game in terms of decision making. I'd give him a chance if we go up.

On to Austin, yes I would sell in the summer if possible. I imagine he's on big money and is only getting older.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: alex1 on April 20, 2020, 08:40:26 PM
Just a pity to make this public now. Something of a demotivating factor for Austin to perform for the rest of the season.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Albionic on April 20, 2020, 09:08:09 PM
see ya charlie !
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: leeiswba on April 20, 2020, 09:18:14 PM
Definitely hasn’t lived up to expectations but has scored some important goals for us this season
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: tuamigos on April 21, 2020, 06:46:39 AM
He always comes across to me as someone who is full of his own self importance.
If we go up I would let him go. We will have to take a bit of a hit on him I would expect, but so be it.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: geoff on April 21, 2020, 08:06:35 AM
I thought his signing was the iceing on the cake in  getting us promoted back to the prem. I still think he's a good forward but one who hasn't found his feet 100% at the club but wouldn't stop his move.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: skyclad99 on April 21, 2020, 08:31:13 AM
He always comes across to me as someone who is full of his own self importance.
If we go up I would let him go. We will have to take a bit of a hit on him I would expect, but so be it.

Comes across to me as someone who is confident and outgoing. Does a lot for charity and seems to be a proper family man. Unfortunately I think we bought him as his legs were starting to go. No doubting his ability as his record demonstrates, and I will always be thankful to him for turning the bluenose game around at St Andrews....a wonderful performance, but sadly his last good one.

I agree with you about letting him go and taking the hit though.......
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Standaman on April 21, 2020, 08:41:32 AM
Just a pity to make this public now. Something of a demotivating factor for Austin to perform for the rest of the season.

I think I saw something from a not very reliable site about Austin talking up a move to Scotland one day so I don't think this is a coincidence it is just a question of how much it will cost us to unload him.  Rangers would be about right could get a couple of years in the SPL. This is as much about the player wanting to move on as it is the club wanting to move him on.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: mulliganstired on April 21, 2020, 10:42:07 AM
Never looked fully fit to me, maybe he likes the pies and the pints a bit too much, we could have a lot worse on the bench even in the prem, but if we can do a deal that suits all then happy to see him go
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: liverbaggie on April 21, 2020, 01:36:18 PM
I sort of like him he's always looking to score and will shoot at any opportunity unlike that in a striker that bit of selfishness.
He's scored some important goals for us this season,give us a good return by  end of season and when we get promoted let him go to bonnie Scotland and join whoever, if we get 2 million for him he will have been worth it.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: paulosull on April 21, 2020, 03:34:09 PM
Thought the half volley against blues was his best in Albion shirt but think he definitely isn't match fit or like lambert his career will fall of cliff while being in stripes.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Signor_Maresca on April 22, 2020, 10:15:39 AM
The system we play just doesn't suit him.  I still think he is the most natural goalscorer this club has had for quite some time but it just hasn't quite worked out for him here.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Adder on April 22, 2020, 12:45:24 PM
The system we play just doesn't suit him.  I still think he is the most natural goalscorer this club has had for quite some time but it just hasn't quite worked out for him here.
Yep, he's just not mobile/fit enough to slot in and do a similar job to HRK for any length of time, it's not his game. Obviously there are plenty who are very grudging to give HRK any credit but he's been very important in our current line-up/system.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: baggiemart on April 22, 2020, 02:00:59 PM
The system we play just doesn't suit him.  I still think he is the most natural goalscorer this club has had for quite some time but it just hasn't quite worked out for him here.

What about Gayle ??
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: iwastherein68 on April 22, 2020, 07:38:30 PM
What about Gayle ??
At their best, Austin for me.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: baggiemart on April 22, 2020, 08:34:56 PM
At their best, Austin for me.

Lets put it this way. If we had Gayle instead of Austin this season , we would have been promoted now.  He would have delivered 20 goals and that would have been enough.

Gayle's record last season speaks for itself.  Austin has been a complete flop !!

The sooner he's gone the better.  When we got him the Southampton fans were saying how rubbish he was.
 
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Albionic on April 22, 2020, 08:39:19 PM
At their best, Austin for me.

Thats a shocker!   If you mean Austin at his career best, then yes, but best at the Albion not a chance!  CA has been an appalling bit of business IMO.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: TheJacko2000 on April 22, 2020, 08:47:05 PM
I took it to mean career best. Austin has been a far better player than Dwight.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: iwastherein68 on April 22, 2020, 10:29:17 PM
I took it to mean career best. Austin has been a far better player than Dwight.
Thanks Jacko, of course that's what I meant, absolutely no comparison.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: geoff on April 23, 2020, 10:13:20 AM
At their best, Austin for me.

Would have to agree has Charlie scored more at a highr level
Same has Brown v Bull, the Tatter scored more goals but mainly in lower div Than Bomber
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: baggiemart on April 23, 2020, 12:05:54 PM
Would have to agree has Charlie scored more at a highr level
Same has Brown v Bull, the Tatter scored more goals but mainly in lower div Than Bomber

The tatter never scored in the top division.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: tommcneill on April 23, 2020, 02:48:12 PM
He did....both for us
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Black Country Pride on April 23, 2020, 04:02:35 PM
Would have to agree has Charlie scored more at a highr level
Same has Brown v Bull, the Tatter scored more goals but mainly in lower div Than Bomber

I actually really admired Steve Bull as a player (he should have been our hero) but he couldn't hold a candle to Bomber, who wasn't even a striker.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: baggiemart on April 23, 2020, 05:07:09 PM
He did....both for us

I think you will find you are wrong there. He scored 2 goals for us in season 1986/87 when we were in the old division 2. He played for us the previous season when we were relegated from division 1 but didn't score.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Foster#1 on April 23, 2020, 05:32:41 PM
Austin is a very good striker for me. Be daft to bin him off
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Albionic on April 23, 2020, 06:38:40 PM
Austin is a very good striker for me. Be daft to bin him off

You need some lessons from Jacko, he has a far higher catch rate than you are going to achieve with that calibre of post
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: tommcneill on April 26, 2020, 09:47:06 PM
I think you will find you are wrong there. He scored 2 goals for us in season 1986/87 when we were in the old division 2. He played for us the previous season when we were relegated from division 1 but didn't score.

I am and stand corrected  8)
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: GREGMT on June 26, 2020, 10:54:23 PM
What's going on with him?  Bilic doesn't rate him?  Too unfit?  Or both?
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Dan87uk on June 26, 2020, 10:55:32 PM
Exactly what we needed today in the box, really puzzled as to how he did not get on ahead of Edwards or Zohore
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: zippyandbungle on June 26, 2020, 10:58:28 PM
You all saw him against blues, he can’t run, and he didn’t look bothered...HRK is by no means Didier drogba....But he is the ONLY one of the three that can run and head a ball .
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Atomic on June 26, 2020, 10:58:45 PM
Exactly what we needed today in the box, really puzzled as to how he did not get on ahead of Edwards or Zohore


He was needed after about ten minutes v Blues as well.

Another member of our squad who must be seriously peeved when he scored two goals as St Andrew's then has barely been seen since.

Behind Zohore in the pecking order now?

Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Dan87uk on June 26, 2020, 10:59:52 PM
You all saw him against blues, he can’t run, and he didn’t look bothered...HRK is by no means Didier drogba....But he is the ONLY one of the three that can run and head a ball .

If you want work rate then Austin is definitely not your guy but today, we needed a bit of magic in the second half in and around the box and that is where he comes to life.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: zippyandbungle on June 26, 2020, 11:00:47 PM
If you want work rate then Austin is defo not your guy but today, we needed a bit of magic in the second half in and around the box and that is where he comes to life.
Even if this were true....we never looked like we fed whoever was up top
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Dan87uk on June 26, 2020, 11:02:30 PM
Even if this were true....we never looked like we fed whoever was up top

We had them pinned in second half until that damn drinks break, he could've been the difference between picking the lock and not...
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: GREGMT on June 26, 2020, 11:06:48 PM
Even if this were true....we never looked like we fed whoever was up top

I.cant quite agree, Krovinovic, Diangana, Pereira would walk into almost every other Champ team, yet its 7 hours without a goal, something to do with the strikers being league 1 standard.  Brentford hardly created anything either although they looked a bit more composed.  Probably the worst centre forwards since 85/86 in the days of George Reilly. 
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: zippyandbungle on June 26, 2020, 11:09:42 PM
I.cant quite agree, Krovinovic, Diangana, Pereira would walk into almost every other Champ team, yet its 7 hours without a goal, something to do with the strikers being league 1 standard.  Brentford hardly created anything either although they looked a bit more composed.  Probably the worst centre forwards since 85/86 in the days of George Reilly.
You have your opinion

First half....first bloody half ....we break
Grady has the ball (pereira is on the floor) Kanu runs off him to the right
NOT ONE SINGLE OTHER WBA PLAYER managed to get in to the opponents half ...its sawyers, it’s Livermore, it’s phillips
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: TheJacko2000 on June 26, 2020, 11:11:20 PM
Zippy Kanu is dreadful and got hooked at half time. How can you defend him?
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: GREGMT on June 26, 2020, 11:14:46 PM
You have your opinion

First half....first bloody half ....we break
Grady has the ball (pereira is on the floor) Kanu runs off him to the right
NOT ONE SINGLE OTHER WBA PLAYER managed to get in to the opponents half ...its sawyers, it’s Livermore, it’s phillips

Agreed Sawyers, Livermore, Phillips were poor tonight but HRK is worse.  He hardly ever scores in a eam that is still op, it's putting pressure on others.  Rather like an opening batsman that always gets out before 20, the others think christ I need to get the runs to bail the team out!
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: zippyandbungle on June 26, 2020, 11:19:26 PM
Zippy Kanu is dreadful and got hooked at half time. How can you defend him?
I’ve never said he’s great, but he has had a good season and out of the three options he is head and shoulders.
Austin won’t run again until greggs opens....Zohore is surely doing this for a bet...has he won a comp in the express and star ...the guy that got a gig in Southampton under sourness looks more of a professional.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: GREGMT on June 26, 2020, 11:24:31 PM
I’ve never said he’s great, but he has had a good season and out of the three options he is head and shoulders.
Austin won’t run again until greggs opens....Zohore is surely doing this for a bet...has he won a comp in the express and star ...the guy that got a gig in Southampton under sourness looks more of a professional.

HRK had a good season, are you for real?  He has scored a measly 10 goals in a team top of the league.  Bob Taylor scored 37 in 1992/93 in a team finishing 4th.  That's what I'd call a good season!
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: zippyandbungle on June 26, 2020, 11:25:20 PM
HRK had a good season, are you for real?  He has scored a measly 10 goals in a team top of the league.  Bob Taylor scored 37 in 1992/93 in a team finishing 4th.  That's what I'd call a good season!
Great ..well done
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: GREGMT on June 26, 2020, 11:29:51 PM
Great ..well done

Yep so poor (along with Zohore and seemingly disinterested Austin) that we look better with no recognised striker on the pitch.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: costa blanca baggie on June 26, 2020, 11:33:17 PM
Agreed Sawyers, Livermore, Phillips were poor tonight but HRK is worse.  He hardly ever scores in a eam that is still op, it's putting pressure on others.  Rather like an opening batsman that always gets out before 20, the others think christ I need to get the runs to bail the team out!
Thanks, but we’re struggling with sorting out our football.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Dexy on June 26, 2020, 11:34:12 PM
Overall Austin has been nothing like we hoped for apart from the odd flash here and there , that said I'd be starting him in the next game as HRK has lost his form ( he's done the lone role well this season ) and Zohare hasn't done much at all .
You have to ask why we lumped so much in fees and wages on Austin if he doesnt really suit the way Bilic plays.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: paulosull on June 26, 2020, 11:40:25 PM
Overall Austin has been nothing like we hoped for apart from the odd flash here and there , that said I'd be starting him in the next game as HRK has lost his form ( he's done the lone role well this season ) and Zohare hasn't done much at all .
You have to ask why we lumped so much in fees and wages on Austin if he doesnt really suit the way Bilic plays.
police should definitely be called to investigate the day light robbery Cardiff and Southampton commited on Albion.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: gazberg on June 27, 2020, 10:25:24 AM
The people that scouted them are to be blame to be fair.

Austin has disappointed a little but can still do a job at this level but Zohore was just a 'no-no and never should have been' signing. Everyone said we should give him a chance, historical evidence and data doesn't lie.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: caravanc58 on June 27, 2020, 10:53:24 AM
I don't see any of our forwards getting us over the line it'll be the hopefully increased performance from players who excelled earlier in the season like Diangana and Pereira.
Austin was poor against Blues.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Topman on June 27, 2020, 12:41:52 PM
For me Austin probably is the best of a bad bunch. I would be starting him and use Kanu for what he is good for coming of the bench. Austin is our most experienced striker and I think we need to look to that
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: BalisPen on June 27, 2020, 01:23:55 PM
Didn't want him on a permanent deal and clearly he is not fit enough.

Brewster wouldn't have cost millions and we should have got him instead of letting him go to Swansea.

If, big if, we go up we should try and get him on loan.

I would definitely try to offload the current strikers we have (easier said than done).
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: overseas baggie on June 27, 2020, 10:57:08 PM
I don't see any of our forwards getting us over the line it'll be the hopefully increased performance from players who excelled earlier in the season like Diangana and Pereira.
Austin was poor against Blues.

Austin is just rusty.  He has a nose for a goal, always will have.  Only natural finisher in the club but he won’t score from the bench
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: baggie38 on June 28, 2020, 08:15:34 AM
Didn't want him on a permanent deal and clearly he is not fit enough.

Brewster wouldn't have cost millions and we should have got him instead of letting him go to Swansea.

If, big if, we go up we should try and get him on loan.

I would definitely try to offload the current strikers we have (easier said than done).

I've had this conversation with friends none of

HRK Austin or Zohore are anywhere near good enough for the premier league but we will need to recruit for other areas aswell as up front should we go up  I can't see us offloading all our strikers and replacing all three oh and Burke has to return aswell.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Wbamitch on June 28, 2020, 12:36:17 PM
I've seen a lot of shouts lately that the team is begging for Austin to come back in, I think form absolutely proves this season that Robson-Kanu is the best of the three but he has not had a good return from the break. None of them are goalscorers, anymore in Austin's case. I had to have a look at the scoring stats, they are all grateful for a few penalties, including Austin. Almost a penalty at Wigan, he did take that very well. Then you have the magical afternoon at Blues where he really got us out of jail. That is literally his saving grace this season.

HRK has had more game time, deservedly so, as mentioned not for his goal scoring but for his affect on the team. Austin has had enough chances and on the whole has proved very ineffective, a lot of games you really don't notice him and the 60 minute mark comes along and you just think another disappointing performance when he is subbed off. Like the others he just doesn't seem to anticipate much and get in there on the several crosses we produce (sometimes good ones). There have definitely been a few big misses as well this season where you feel his goalscoring prowess would get the right result, I'm sure there was a stat I spotted where it was 11 big chances missed, I can't remember the source.

The above points going against him as well, you really question what he brings to the team, his legs are clearly gone, for Zohore's criticism, he has a better engine and more of a presence when he plays the role. Due to the form of HRK a change is needed and it's pretty much desperation that Austin can come in and produce, but yes I would give him one last go and hope more so the players around him can step up. It would be great for him to rediscover some form and fire us over the line but I do think it's more of a case of mixing it up and just trying something else. 
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Standaman on June 28, 2020, 01:12:09 PM
I've seen a lot of shouts lately that the team is begging for Austin to come back in, I think form absolutely proves this season that Robson-Kanu is the best of the three but he has not had a good return from the break. None of them are goalscorers, anymore in Austin's case. I had to have a look at the scoring stats, they are all grateful for a few penalties, including Austin. Almost a penalty at Wigan, he did take that very well. Then you have the magical afternoon at Blues where he really got us out of jail. That is literally his saving grace this season.

HRK has had more game time, deservedly so, as mentioned not for his goal scoring but for his affect on the team. Austin has had enough chances and on the whole has proved very ineffective, a lot of games you really don't notice him and the 60 minute mark comes along and you just think another disappointing performance when he is subbed off. Like the others he just doesn't seem to anticipate much and get in there on the several crosses we produce (sometimes good ones). There have definitely been a few big misses as well this season where you feel his goalscoring prowess would get the right result, I'm sure there was a stat I spotted where it was 11 big chances missed, I can't remember the source.

The above points going against him as well, you really question what he brings to the team, his legs are clearly gone, for Zohore's criticism, he has a better engine and more of a presence when he plays the role. Due to the form of HRK a change is needed and it's pretty much desperation that Austin can come in and produce, but yes I would give him one last go and hope more so the players around him can step up. It would be great for him to rediscover some form and fire us over the line but I do think it's more of a case of mixing it up and just trying something else. 

Pretty much agree with this. Pre lockdown we were at the stage of Austin being useful in the occasional 20 minute cameo but not as a starter. A three month lay-off won't have improved matters. In short Bilic could not have bought Austin on at half time he hasn't got a half in his legs
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: TheJacko2000 on June 28, 2020, 01:16:49 PM
Just think this is utter rubbish (sorry to be so blunt). He's a pro footballer of course he's got enough minutes in his legs, so has Barry, so has Brunt.

Swear some of our lot wouldn't pick James Milner. Age is just a number.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: GREGMT on June 28, 2020, 02:47:18 PM
Robson Kanu: 2121 mins / 23.57 matches / 10 goals / 1 goal every 212 mins
Austin: 1143 mins / 12.70 matches / 8 goals / 1 goal every 143 mins
Zohore: 651 mins / 7.23 matches / 3 goals / 1 goal every 217 mins

The above stats are for league matches only.  Is HRK really the best option, or is it down to the manager's choice (for primarily fitness purposes) that he's chosen over Austin?  HRK's strike rate is comparable to Zohore. 

I've heard people say HRK has performed well this season.  For me he's been average at best.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Aztech on June 28, 2020, 03:27:21 PM
Robson Kanu: 2121 mins / 23.57 matches / 10 goals / 1 goal every 212 mins
Austin: 1143 mins / 12.70 matches / 8 goals / 1 goal every 143 mins
Zohore: 651 mins / 7.23 matches / 3 goals / 1 goal every 217 mins

The above stats are for league matches only.  Is HRK really the best option, or is it down to the manager's choice (for primarily fitness purposes) that he's chosen over Austin?  HRK's strike rate is comparable to Zohore. 

I've heard people say HRK has performed well this season.  For me he's been average at best.

Every starting striker at every other championship club this past week is an improvement on Kanu and Zohore.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: TheJacko2000 on June 28, 2020, 03:31:35 PM
Robson Kanu: 2121 mins / 23.57 matches / 10 goals / 1 goal every 212 mins
Austin: 1143 mins / 12.70 matches / 8 goals / 1 goal every 143 mins
Zohore: 651 mins / 7.23 matches / 3 goals / 1 goal every 217 mins

The above stats are for league matches only.  Is HRK really the best option, or is it down to the manager's choice (for primarily fitness purposes) that he's chosen over Austin?  HRK's strike rate is comparable to Zohore. 

I've heard people say HRK has performed well this season.  For me he's been average at best.

A good post. Also worth mentioning in the context of some previous comments Austin is younger than Robson-Kanu. (if wikipedia is to be believed)
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: baggiejohn on June 28, 2020, 04:26:34 PM
Just think this is utter rubbish (sorry to be so blunt). He's a pro footballer of course he's got enough minutes in his legs, so has Barry, so has Brunt.

Swear some of our lot wouldn't pick James Milner. Age is just a number.

Not sure it's legs with Austin, just don't think he's committed to the cause, CA plays for CA from what I've seen
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: lewisant on June 28, 2020, 04:35:43 PM
Not sure it's legs with Austin, just don't think he's committed to the cause, CA plays for CA from what I've seen

Did you see the cup game at Charlton? He was flat out and ran his socks off and never stopped trying. This in a game where i think the entire team was changed. He took that seriously and chased lost causes.

I disagree completely when people say he doesn't try.

If it's for himself it doesn't really matter - if yields results (which it has) and benefits the team (which it has) then I'm all for Austin having more of a chance.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Oldbury24 on June 28, 2020, 04:38:14 PM
Not sure it's legs with Austin, just don't think he's committed to the cause, CA plays for CA from what I've seen

Absolute garbage.  The man is frustrated by his own body.  Pace and instinct gone but not the heart.  Shame.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: baggiejohn on June 28, 2020, 04:44:49 PM
Did you see the cup game at Charlton? He was flat out and ran his socks off and never stopped trying. This in a game where i think the entire team was changed. He took that seriously and chased lost causes.

I disagree completely when people say he doesn't try.

If it's for himself it doesn't really matter - if yields results (which it has) and benefits the team (which it has) then I'm all for Austin having more of a chance.

It's all about opinions, just doesn't do it for me.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: baggiejohn on June 28, 2020, 04:50:18 PM
Absolute garbage.  The man is frustrated by his own body.  Pace and instinct gone but not the heart.  Shame.

Absolutely no need for the insults.

Quite happy for you to have a different opinion.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: gazberg on June 28, 2020, 04:50:39 PM
Not sure it's legs with Austin, just don't think he's committed to the cause, CA plays for CA from what I've seen

Geezer always tried his hardest he's just slow but i've never doubted his effort.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: hardtobeat on June 28, 2020, 04:50:54 PM
Has to be involved on Wednesday. We tried the other 2 central strikers and apart from a short spell 2nd half neither looked good enough. Make the chances and I think Charlie is much more likely to score
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: baggiejohn on June 28, 2020, 04:55:59 PM
Amazing how many would play a knackered Charlie Austin, but not Brunt or Barry
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: zippyandbungle on June 28, 2020, 05:16:48 PM
Amazing how many would play a knackered Charlie Austin, but not Brunt or Barry
I’m pretty consistent ....I’d rather have non of them anywhere near the squad
But
We need to change something...and pretty quick

Another conundrum would be if Austin played, scored twice in the opening 20 mins and then considerably slowed down due to fitness/stamina ....do you then start him next match (in 3 days)?
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: iwastherein68 on June 28, 2020, 07:45:12 PM
I’m pretty consistent ....I’d rather have non of them anywhere near the squad
But
We need to change something...and pretty quick

Another conundrum would be if Austin played, scored twice in the opening 20 mins and then considerably slowed down due to fitness/stamina ....do you then start him next match (in 3 days)?
We will worry about that when he gets the 2 goals mate.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: timdon on June 28, 2020, 07:56:29 PM
I’m pretty consistent ....I’d rather have non of them anywhere near the squad
But
We need to change something...and pretty quick

Another conundrum would be if Austin played, scored twice in the opening 20 mins and then considerably slowed down due to fitness/stamina ....do you then start him next match (in 3 days)?
Yes, but I would take him off after 20 minutes.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: TheJacko2000 on June 28, 2020, 07:59:16 PM
Yes, but I would take him off after 20 minutes.

When 2 nil up  ;D
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: timdon on June 28, 2020, 08:21:20 PM
When 2 nil up  ;D
Yep, I'd have learned a lesson from the first match. Trusted formula.  ;D
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: hardtobeat on June 28, 2020, 09:12:28 PM
Amazing how many would play a knackered Charlie Austin, but not Brunt or Barry
Because there are better alternatives for Brunt and Barry
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: baggiejohn on June 28, 2020, 09:22:52 PM
Because there are better alternatives for Brunt and Barry

Who?
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: frazzle on June 28, 2020, 09:29:51 PM
For those wanting Brunt and Barry back in the midfield it’s almost as though the Newcastle game never happened.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: hardtobeat on June 29, 2020, 12:27:27 PM
Who?
As starters Livermore , Sawyers Krov, Harper ,Perrier’s all better than the pensioners and certainly no worse . Could also tinker e.g play 3 at the back with wing backs or even put Ajayi into holding roll
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Mister AT on June 29, 2020, 12:55:40 PM
For those wanting Brunt and Barry back in the midfield it’s almost as though the Newcastle game never happened.

Whilst I’m not saying they should be starting, we have underused Brunt this season, his set pieces could have been used over the last few weeks to give us more of a threat.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Hull Baggie on June 29, 2020, 01:10:14 PM
Can we stick to discussing Charlie Austin please. Other players have their own threads.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Webby on July 11, 2020, 04:23:26 PM
I really, really like him. He’s last the point in his career where it’s all about him. Just getting subbed off then you can see him gee-ing the lads up really trying to encourage and I think he general demeanour shows it. I bet he is great to have in dressing room.

Unlike him not to take one of those 2 good chances today though
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: beechyboy90 on July 11, 2020, 05:43:49 PM
Should have scored at least 1 today. His second chance he showed no composure at all.
And yet when he went off (we had nothing up top)

It really is a miracle we are even within a shout of automatic promotion with the strike force we have
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: TheJacko2000 on July 11, 2020, 05:50:33 PM
Played very well today, missed 1 gilt edged chance while the other was a superb save. Then set up the goal. Nothing up front after he went off.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: KN22 on July 11, 2020, 05:56:09 PM
Played very well today, missed 1 gilt edged chance while the other was a superb save. Then set up the goal. Nothing up front after he went off.

Was not a superb save at all. Poor effort in my view.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: TheJacko2000 on July 11, 2020, 05:58:48 PM
Was not a superb save at all. Poor effort in my view.

It was as good a save as the one at the other end. Which we are saying is a good save.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: KN22 on July 11, 2020, 06:05:12 PM
It was as good a save as the one at the other end. Which we are saying is a good save.

Had to score but hit it straight at keeper. He’s our best bet to start without doubt. That however speaks volumes about our issues up front.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: boinging_along on July 11, 2020, 06:05:49 PM
Sam did more and had to come out further to make the save.  Austin poked it straight at the keeper.  Put it this way, if you spoke to Charlie, do you think he'll be disappointed at his finish or be like, "what a save?".

All depends on your view, I'm sure Blackburn fans are aayjng their keeper made a good aave and their forward missed.

He was still our best option up top and has played well the last couple of games. 
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: adamw1109 on July 11, 2020, 07:35:42 PM
Best of a bad bunch, which is scary.

Was blowing out of his back side after the first 20 mins. Saying that I’d still choose him over Kanu and zohore every time.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: frazzle on July 11, 2020, 07:36:28 PM
Not good enough. Not mobile. No pace. I don’t see that he’s a great finisher at all. Birmingham apart he’s been bang average.

To think Rodriguez got a hard time last year scoring 20+ and contributing far more in open play than Austin, yet Austin seems to get a free pass. The class act is clearly JRod.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Aztech on July 11, 2020, 07:36:36 PM
Best of a bad bunch, which is scary.

Was blowing out of his back side after the first 20 mins. Saying that I’d still choose him over Kanu and zohore every time.

Tulloch should be considered before Kanu
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Aztech on July 11, 2020, 07:38:20 PM
Not good enough. Not mobile. No pace. I don’t see that he’s a great finisher at all. Birmingham apart he’s been bang average.

To think Rodriguez got a hard time last year scoring 20+ and contributing far more in open play than Austin, yet Austin seems to get a free pass. The class act is clearly JRod.

The best we have unfortunately
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: MulumbuPower! on July 13, 2020, 02:02:02 PM
Tulloch should be considered before Kanu

Exactly this.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: lindenbaggie on July 13, 2020, 02:09:25 PM
You have to be there to miss them. OK, legs may be suffering, but he's still our best bet for goals up front.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: boinging_along on July 13, 2020, 02:15:53 PM
Tulloch should be considered before Kanu

Jacko should be considered before Kanu.  ;D
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: TheJacko2000 on July 13, 2020, 02:24:39 PM
Jacko should be considered before Kanu.  ;D

Scored 4 goals in 9 minutes in an u-16s match back in the day  ;)
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Hull Baggie on July 13, 2020, 03:40:19 PM
Sam did more and had to come out further to make the save.  Austin poked it straight at the keeper. Put it this way, if you spoke to Charlie, do you think he'll be disappointed at his finish or be like, "what a save?".

All depends on your view, I'm sure Blackburn fans are aayjng their keeper made a good aave and their forward missed.

He was still our best option up top and has played well the last couple of games.

think Jacko is talking about the save from the Austin shot from distance not the one he missed from 3 yards.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: zippyandbungle on July 13, 2020, 06:50:49 PM
Scored 4 goals in 9 minutes in an u-16s match back in the day  ;)
Trouble is he was 26 😂😂
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: TheJacko2000 on July 27, 2020, 02:01:18 PM
Chaz Austin confirmed as top goalscorer, despite limited game time and Kanu having a 'stellar' season apparently...
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: ex coseley kid on July 27, 2020, 02:05:59 PM
Chaz Austin confirmed as top goalscorer, despite limited game time and Kanu having a 'stellar' season apparently...

Did they mean 'Artois' when saying Stellar? Because in terms of what we get back from him, he's Reassuringly Expensive.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: wba1993dave on July 27, 2020, 02:23:00 PM
Not sure if he's worth keeping about next season. 10 goals isn't great considering the wage and fee we spent on him. If he wants to stay then he needs to get a lot fitter.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: KnaveofAlbion on July 27, 2020, 02:33:48 PM
Not sure if he's worth keeping about next season. 10 goals isn't great considering the wage and fee we spent on him. If he wants to stay then he needs to get a lot fitter.

Agreed, but his wages with his knees may be another issue. Only 1 year left isn’t it? Free to Watford might work for everyone?
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: gazberg on July 27, 2020, 03:17:35 PM
Yeah I'd let him go on a free/nominal. Didn't realise he only had 1 year left. Thought he had 2. Not so bad then.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: KN22 on July 27, 2020, 11:13:19 PM
Chaz Austin confirmed as top goalscorer, despite limited game time and Kanu having a 'stellar' season apparently...

Given the competition I would hope so.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: tuamigos on July 28, 2020, 01:35:42 PM
Chaz Austin confirmed as top goalscorer, despite limited game time and Kanu having a 'stellar' season apparently...


buries head in hands  :(
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: BalisPen on July 28, 2020, 10:48:45 PM
Imo we will keep HRK and Austin and maybe add one  at least or two strikers depending on whether we can sell or loan Zohore.

I only hope that Austin has a good pre season and gets as fit as he can and hopefully have a Glen Murray type effect for us in the prem.

In an ideal world I would have liked che Adams on loan but I doubt that will happen now he's had a purple patch.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: frazzle on July 28, 2020, 11:06:58 PM
All three strikers could go in my view. Not one is good enough for what we need next season.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: KN22 on July 28, 2020, 11:11:07 PM
All three strikers could go in my view. Not one is good enough for what we need next season.

Totally agree but given their respective contract situations I fail to see them leaving. Hope I’m wrong though.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: WBArgo on July 28, 2020, 11:40:55 PM
As he's got 1 year left I imagine we will have to keep him as his wages would be too high for most Championship clubs.

Having said that I think he's good from the bench in the Premier League if we need a goal, in the Championship he didn't contribute much other than his goals and wasn't as effective as Kanu in terms of hold up, passes etc. However, he's more of a natural finisher which may be vital in terms of grabbing points etc so it's not a bad situation for all involved.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: zippyandbungle on July 28, 2020, 11:52:47 PM
As he's got 1 year left I imagine we will have to keep him as his wages would be too high for most Championship clubs.

Having said that I think he's good from the bench in the Premier League if we need a goal, in the Championship he didn't contribute much other than his goals and wasn't as effective as Kanu in terms of hold up, passes etc. However, he's more of a natural finisher which may be vital in terms of grabbing points etc so it's not a bad situation for all involved.
I think he’s been almost embarrassing with the inability to run and get to through balls...
Cannot possibly be considered an option in the prem.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Albionic on July 29, 2020, 12:32:26 AM
I agree that he is physically lacking now and I cannot get out of my head the image of him pulling out of a header with the goal gaping ( Huddersfield?)
He was a bad signing on a terrible contract !
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: TheJacko2000 on July 29, 2020, 12:40:37 AM
I think he’s been almost embarrassing with the inability to run and get to through balls...
Cannot possibly be considered an option in the prem.

Top scorer, so how embarrassing were the other 2?
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Aixelsyd on July 29, 2020, 02:55:52 AM
As he's got 1 year left I imagine we will have to keep him as his wages would be too high for most Championship clubs.

Having said that I think he's good from the bench in the Premier League if we need a goal, in the Championship he didn't contribute much other than his goals and wasn't as effective as Kanu in terms of hold up, passes etc. However, he's more of a natural finisher which may be vital in terms of grabbing points etc so it's not a bad situation for all involved.

Yes I can't see him being moved on

But as you said he may not be too bad as an late option off the bench...   think Birmingham Away
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: tuamigos on July 29, 2020, 06:20:31 AM
Top scorer, so how embarrassing were the other 2?

If we had bought them in a shop we could have sent them back as not being fit for purpose, probably even do the shop under the trades description act.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: wbarenno on July 29, 2020, 06:40:09 AM
If you take into account he only cost 4 million then I think 11 goals is a actually value for money at that price . But then you see a report that he is the highest paid player at the club on 50k a week which will be more after promotion  :-X : :o
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: The Black Pearl on July 29, 2020, 07:30:26 AM
Got us vital points that got us promotion, end of.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: KN22 on July 29, 2020, 08:05:13 AM
Top scorer, so how embarrassing were the other 2?

They were even more embarrassing you’re right. But that still does not mean he’s any good. He has been a very good striker but no longer is. Mobility is now very limited and the thing that has genuinely surprised me is that his ball control is, on occasions, awful.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: kris_boing on July 29, 2020, 08:40:35 AM
I think Austin would be ok coming off the bench.


I cant actually see us selling any of our current strikers.  No one will buy HRK or Zohore.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: NJS on July 29, 2020, 08:44:18 AM
I hope not but on the evidence of his last two appearances, I think whatever he was, he is now shot.   Similar to Barry against Newcastle everything seems to have drained from him.  Sometimes ageing is like that: a sudden sharp decline.

Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: tommcneill on July 29, 2020, 09:28:33 AM
Personally id be keeping him myself.

I dont think he is as shot as some say. He leads the line well, he fights for stuff, half the time he is chasing 4 defenders down on his own across that frontline.

He is not a lone striker for me though, he works better in a partnership or a front 3 where he occupies the 2 centre halves.

There was a real lack of service for a goalscoring striker in this side which is why HRK looked so much better in the position allowing our midfielders to come through. Thats how we setup to play from the start i think.

But for me Austin stays and would contribute some vital goals at the top level
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: The Black Pearl on July 29, 2020, 09:41:25 AM
Personally id be keeping him myself.

I dont think he is as shot as some say. He leads the line well, he fights for stuff, half the time he is chasing 4 defenders down on his own across that frontline.

He is not a lone striker for me though, he works better in a partnership or a front 3 where he occupies the 2 centre halves.

There was a real lack of service for a goalscoring striker in this side which is why HRK looked so much better in the position allowing our midfielders to come through. Thats how we setup to play from the start i think.

But for me Austin stays and would contribute some vital goals at the top level

I agree, yes he needs to work hard pre season but if he hits the season in good shape, could well provide vital goals.
I actually thought he finished the season looking much fitter.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: seteefeet on July 29, 2020, 09:45:23 AM
I agree, yes he needs to work hard pre season but if he hits the season in good shape, could well provide vital goals.
I actually thought he finished the season looking much fitter.
Out of the 3 he's certainly the most valuable, if only for his enthusiasm and character alone. If we can get him fit, he could still play a part on the pitch also.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: boinging_along on July 29, 2020, 10:53:09 AM
Out of the 3 that we have, he's the only one I wouldn't object to being here next season as back up (to the backup).
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: timdon on July 29, 2020, 11:55:14 AM
Out of the 3 that we have, he's the only one I wouldn't object to being here next season as back up (to the backup).
I feel the same. However, all 3 are under contract so they will all be here, as I can't see any club wanting to buy any of them. Even if we found someone to loan them to (unlikely) we would have to subsidise their wages.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: zippyandbungle on July 29, 2020, 08:56:44 PM
Top scorer, so how embarrassing were the other 2?
If you rated them based on expectation...

HRK B performed better than expected
Austin C performance was below expectation
Zohore E struggled to show application and /or sufficient skill level

Also if we are doing everything by numbers , it would suggest minutes on pitch and clean sheets , would mean our friend in goal is ok ?😂
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: brummyroader on July 29, 2020, 08:59:48 PM
For a newly promoted club needing a goal with 15 to go we could do a lot worse than Austin and have done in the past (HRK to Rondon).
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: gazberg on July 29, 2020, 09:01:27 PM
Rondon isn't as good as Austin??!! Or have I read that wrong.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: brummyroader on July 29, 2020, 09:09:00 PM
I meant our back up which HRK was to Rondon was far worse than Austin being back up to realistically a new signing.

Was Rondon’s biggest fan ;D
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: gazberg on July 29, 2020, 09:12:44 PM
Ahhh OK sorry I read it wrong  ;D
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Albionic on July 29, 2020, 09:28:39 PM
I imagine Big Sal is on megabucks, but if it could be done I would have him back ASAP, perfect fit for the current Slav set up
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: gazberg on July 29, 2020, 09:30:12 PM
He really would be suited to this setup but won't drop in wgaes now surely?
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: KN22 on July 29, 2020, 10:23:11 PM
Around 31 years old I think. Need younger blood in my view.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: geoff on July 30, 2020, 08:26:40 AM
Rondon isn't as good as Austin??!! Or have I read that wrong.

Nore did Austin have Pulis
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: gazberg on August 06, 2020, 06:51:27 PM
"Mike Jackson
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West Brom: Looking to offload Charlie Austin. Loan deal favoured. Birmingham City interested although looking at Hogan permanently first. Nottm Forest and Millwall also interested. #WBA #Forest #Birmingham #Millwall"


Makes sense to move him on but a loan deal sees him walk for free unless we are looking for a reasonable loan fee, maybe they would be happy just not to pay his wages.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: tommcneill on August 06, 2020, 06:57:04 PM
I’d keep him as a backup unless we have something planned for the forward line with a couple of players??
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: LiamTheBaggie on August 06, 2020, 07:01:58 PM
It’s a glowing endorsement of how poor our recruitment was last season in our forward areas.

The two strikers we did sign are the first ones were trying to get out of the door 12 months later.

We cannot afford such expensive mistakes this season otherwise we might need Zohore and Austin in 12 months time !
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: tuamigos on August 06, 2020, 07:03:20 PM
I’d keep him as a backup unless we have something planned for the forward line with a couple of players??

I truly hope so
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: zippyandbungle on August 06, 2020, 07:28:44 PM
Horses for courses, we may not think our strikers were great, but in the cold light of day Zohore,Austin and HRK went up, Rodriguez , Gayle and Barnes did not.
But we clearly need to upgrade so I’m glad to see the movement happening...no room for passengers or sentiment.
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: Standaman on August 06, 2020, 07:29:38 PM
Seriously whatever we paid is gone if we can just get the wages off the books we should be grateful to whoever takes him. I am shocked that he has that many potential suitors maybe they think they are going to get a bargain. Does anybody think for a moment that he is going to be better next season? Obviously we need to replace but that is a low bar. 
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: zippyandbungle on August 06, 2020, 07:33:17 PM
Seriously whatever we paid is gone if we can just get the wages off the books we should be grateful to whoever takes him. I am shocked that he has that many potential suitors maybe they think they are going to get a bargain. Does anybody think for a moment that he is going to be better next season? Obviously we need to replace but that is a low bar.
Yep
Just saving the wages on this one is a success .
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: brummyroader on August 06, 2020, 08:48:23 PM
With a 2 year deal not sure what sense a loan makes might as just well let go or take couple of hundred grand as nominal fee?
Title: Re: Charlie Austin
Post by: gazberg on August 06, 2020, 08:52:08 PM
Sorry i've been told it's (likely) an imposter account which makes sense.

Hope we can shift him though i doubt it. Always gives his all but time and injuries have ended him in the PL for me.