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1213 burnley charlie austin 02 300x300On this busy transfer window day, news has just been confirmed that former Burnley striker Charlie Austin has been transferred from Southampton to West Bromwich Albion.

There was absolutely no doubt that he wouldn’t have been playing for Southampton again following his recent outburst aimed at manager Ralph Hasenhüttl who had already said that he the striker was not in his plans.

He hasn’t had the best of times at Southampton. He’s been there for three and a half years but has started only 34 Premier League games for them while making a further 37 substitute appearances. He’s scored 16 goals in those games.

However, he’s making a return to the Championship where his record stands out. He scored 41 times in 82 Championship appearances for Burnley and then added a further 27 in 47 at the same level for QPR while also netting 18 times for them in the Premier League.

Austin scored 25 league goals in his final season with the Clarets, 17 more than second highest scorer Martin Paterson. Strangely, just as it was in his first season with us, we generally picked up better results when he was out of the team, but there is no denying that West Brom have signed a player who more than knows how to score goals even if his wall building talents are disputed.

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