With the rumour mill kicking into life over the weekend with claims that West Bromwich Albion had agreed an £8million transfer deal with striker Charlie Austin, only for the player himself to turn down the deal under the guise of fighting for a place he no longer has at Southampton, I think most fans would’ve been delighted with the news given his lack of commitment.
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has made no secret of the fact that the player can go, and he could’ve left in January if a suitable offer had been forthcoming, and given his lack of form last season, many would’ve thought a switch to a second-tier club where game time was basically guaranteed was the perfect way for the 30-year-old to get his star back on the rise.
We all know what a fit Austin can do in front of the net, the only risk was his injury record and whether head coach Slaven Bilic could revitalise him, but that debate is over with his rejection and plenty are delighted with that.
— SuttonBaggie (@sutton_baggie) July 14, 2019
The two clubs agreed it was Austin refused to discuss the move, he wants to see out his saints contract. To be honest it’s a bullet dodged with his injury record
— Andy (@ChopseyWBA) July 14, 2019
No and not bothered to be honest. 30 years old and seems happy to sit on the bench instead of playing. Would like a younger option
— Nick (@Nickwba25) July 14, 2019
Never fit anyway! Got away with that one
— Robert Hughes (@bulbhead69) July 14, 2019
His loss. Not ours.
— Steve (@pennwba) July 14, 2019
Didn’t want him anyway – passed his best and never fit. We need young , hungry up and coming talent.
— Alistair Stride (@Stride75) July 14, 2019
— Matthew Fleet (@MAF79) July 14, 2019