After witnessing Harry Kane shoot up the ranks at Tottenham Hotspur and England, the cries for Charlie Austin become more defeaning by the week. But as England look to erase memories of the World Cup failures, Roy Hodgson has rightly looked past this limited striker.
Austin's goalscoring exploits for Queens Park Rangers provides Roy Hodgson with an enticing proposition that he has yet unveil and hand a coveted England berth to. His goal against Aston Villa takes his tally to 17, joint-second top scorer with Sergio Aguero - an achievement in itself.
Although Austin provides a compelling case that England need a plan B, the necessity was somewhat settled after the recent failures of Rickie Lambert and Andy Carroll.
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Seventeen goals for a side battling relegation is mightily impressive,and Austin does merit praise. Having said that, a glance through Austin's goals will only underline two elements: he is a very good goalscorer but he is hopeless without being spoon-fed opportunities.
But whilst many point to Austin's goalscoring statistics to concoct an argument for his inclusion, the case is incredibly weak considering his glaringly lacking attributes. What makes him different from Rickie Lambert, Andy Carroll and Peter Crouch?
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Albeit, the trio mentioned above have been, in some part, in the England recognition and played their part, however, in this current transition period Hodgson is trying to stroll through without falling any hurdles has been made far more simpler innovating tactics and formations with the already-promising squad.
Austin is not the man England need
Besides, adjudicating a player's quality on statistics is feeble and they can, in fact, be ridiculously misleading. Many won't remember Austin's poor outings against Arsenal, he could neither hold up the ball nor pass it efficiently. He did score two though, to mask his substandard performances and exempt the striker from criticism because 'he did his job'.
The 25-year-old's poaching mastery are not out of the question, however is that the sort of player Hodgson is looking for? No.
Yes, Austin trumps them in the goalscoring department, but is he a more all-round player than Danny Ings and Saido Berahino? No.
Austin's lack of glorification highlights the discontent surrounding the second-rate facets of his game. While he isn't the quickest, Austin does not possess the movement or intelligent link up play associated with players plying their trades at the top clubs. He is effectively a one-trick pony.
Limited set of skills
Austin's limited set of skills means he would not be the answer Hodgson or any top premier league club are looking for. His restricted array of characteristics govern the type of opposition he scores against. With opposition teams liable to defend for their lives against the better teams, the need for artistic flair is greater. Austin does not possess the magic to conjure up a chance or a goal out of nothing.
If you want a goalscorer, Austin is your man. But if you are looking for a player filled with attributes that can see them adapt in different situations, a look at other players in the mould of Ings and Berahino would make the grade.
It is crystal clear though, Austin is neither good enough for England nor top Premier League clubs. The best the striker can hope for is a move to Stoke City or West Ham United.
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