Charlie Austin’s debut appearance for Southampton FC turned out to be a debut to remember for both him and the Saints faithful, even though he started on the bench.
It was a sluggish match and did not have that much action to thrill both fans or the neutral. The game was very even and both teams were unable to create clear cut chance. Charlie Austin’s debut was set out by starting the dull game on the bench, in the 79th minute, he took his first steps on the Premier league stage with his new colours on. Saido Mane was the man to be replaced by the £4 million goal machine, having scored 18 premier league goals for QPR last season, this was nothing new for Charlie Austin. After a series of corners and immense pressure towards the dying embers of the game, Southampton found themselves with a dangerous free kick just outside the 18 yard box of Manchester United. The delightful cross was whipped into the penalty spot by the young star James Ward Prowse, to none other than the big man himself, Charlie Austin. Having signed from QPR, late last week and being claimed “injured” by Rangers, he was a doubt to even be on the bench but Austin’s start to his Southampton career was set alight own his accord. Once the ball was floating towards the bundle of players in the Manchester United box, Charlie Austin paused his run and fooled his marker, Paddy McNair, and created enough space for himself to have a free header. As a faithful QPR fan, this was painful to see, not only that he had won the game against one of Europe’s Elites, it was the fact that we would never see that magnificent movement for Austin in a Hoops shirt again. He made the goal himself, his movement is one of his many talents of the game and he deserved his plaudits. Charlie Austin cushioned his header into the far right hand corner of the goal, too far for De Gea to keep out, having only been on the field for 8 crucial minutes and scoring with his first touch of the ball. After a painful 1-1 result for QPR, having seen the news about Charlie Austin’s winner, I felt very dumbfounded that only he would score in such an important game when it was destined for a bore draw but it was inevitable that only he would do it. After watching the game, I saw that Southampton was the best option for Austin, if he pushes on a grabs that first team spot. He is a very powerful striker, who deserves everything he gets because of his hard work and determination to do well and possibly become one of England’s great strikers. Thinking about the day, QPR let go of Loïc Remy, thinking it was over then purchasing a “steal” striker for £2 million and seeing his lack of pace but his passion to play for the club and do well but scoring 20 goals in is first season even being injured for 3 months, then pushing for golden boot in the Premier league the next season, with such a weak side, brings me joy to see that he is doing well and can do great things.