Yet more quotes regarding a potential Charlie Austin move in January….
Queens Park Rangers came back to draw against league leaders Brighton on Tuesday night, thanks to two goals from a certain Charlie Austin.
After the final whistle, Austin said that he’d ‘committed’ to the club at the start of the season and he is still not ‘going anywhere’.
That level of ‘commitment’ though, hasn’t extended to signing a new contract, which means that the striker would walk away at the end of the season with no transfer fee and bank far more in wages/signing on fee.
QPR’s desire to hang on to Charlie Austin in January was always going to revolve around where they were in the Championship table at Christmas/New Year.
With 21 matches now gone, Rangers are 15 points behind the top two in the automatic promotion places.
Whilst in terms of the play-offs, they are six points off the top six but in 12th position, they are competing for that play-off spot with at least nine other clubs and probably more.
The odds are not good.
Charlie Austin isn’t doing anything wrong. He can run his contract down if he wants and what matters is how he performs in the meantime.
With 10 goals in 12 starts (plus four as a sub) he has continued his excellent record.
In the last four and a half years in the Championship and Premier League, Charlie Austin has scored a remarkable 87 goals from 145 starts (plus 18 as a sub). He will have no shortage of clubs wanting to sign him if it is January, or the summer, whether one of them is Newcastle remains to be seen.
In the player and manager’s (Hasselbaink) comments below, they are just playing the game.
Charlie Austin isn’t going to ask for a transfer because that would mean he’d lose out financially if he was sold.
Whilst when Hasselbaink talks about all clubs wanting ‘to make a profit’, it is a bit of a laugh considering just how bad QPR’s finances are.
Never mind a profit, they have made massive losses and with next to no chance of promotion this season, they are hardly going to grimly hang onto their star player and see him leave for nothing in June, when they can probably get the best part of £10m for him in January.
I really hope Newcastle do go for Charlie Austin because if they can ditch Papiss Cisse for a few million to help subsidise a move for the QPR man then I think it would prove great business.
Plus at 26 years old, Charlie Austin would keep Mike Ashley happy as there could be still the prospect of him increasing in value if his goals record holds up.
“I set out at the start (of this season) and said to (Director of Football) Les Ferdinand that I am going to be here for the rest of the season…so I’m not going anywhere.”
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink:
“In football you can’t guarantee anything and at the end of the day everyone wants to make a profit, it’s a business – we have to understand that as a manager and as a club.
“Do we want to put him up for sale? No. The club doesn’t want to sell him but on the other hand, it is up to the owners.
“I can only advise and say, ‘No, I don’t want him to leave, I need him’, and I think they (QPR owners) will respect that.”