Newcastle Still Tracking Swindon Striker

The more reports that come out saying that Newcastle are interested in Swindon Town’s 20 year-old striker Charlie Austin – that are are not denied – the more credibility the story has.

Charlie Austin – are Newcastle really interested?

The Daily Mail has reported that Newcastle manager Chris Hughton sent his scouts to check on Austin in Swindon’s 1-1 draw with Exeter last night.

For once, Charlie didn’t score in that game but he’s been outstanding for Swindon this season.

Charlie has 18 goals this season in 29 appearances  and previously played at Poole, where he scored 46 goals in 46 games before signing for Swindon Town last October.

Hughton has already said he wants to bring in a new striker in the summer, but it’s hard to think that Charlie would walk straight into the team.

So if Newcastle bring him in, he will be one for the future, and at just 20 years old and the lad looking something special,  he could be a decent acquisition for Newcastle.

The Hungerford-born 6’2″ striker joined the Reading Youth system back in 1999, and then went to  Thatcham Town in 2004 where he scored 73 goals in 59 appearances in two seasons there.

Charlie then played for Kintbury Rangers, Hungerford Town and Poole Town before moving to Swindon earlier this season.

Charlie has always scored goals, and in his 188 appearances in the lower and non-league teams, he’s scored 164 goals.

What do you think about this player? Let us know.

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 14, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #1

    Worth a crack? he’s surely better than Best

  • Toon Sweden77

    Apr 14, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #2

    Why not, hes young, has a good scoringrecord and would cost to much.

  • MacGyver

    Apr 14, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #3

    Lets sign him up. And hopefully we will do things early this summer instead of taking forever and missing out on players eg. modric

  • The Entertainers

    Apr 14, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #4

    Would like to think we have some links with Swindon after the Tozer signing.

    His record is cracking for a maiden season in professional football.

    Sign and loan back for part of the season.

  • MarkO

    Apr 14, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #5

    Was awful against Exeter on sky, but could have just been a bad game. Don’t really think hes better the Ranger and Carroll though?

  • sparetheman

    Apr 14, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #6

    I’m a Toon fan living in Swindon – I’ve caught quite a lot of Swindon and Austin this season and he has done ridiculously well as you can see from his goal ratio. He’s got that knack for being in the right place at the right time ala Owen.

    These days though I would say you need more than that to make in the Prem and I don’t know if anyone knows if he’s got what it takes yet. His linkup play is improving but still has a long way to go. The general consensus down here is he will need another season at a lower division (either championship or league 1) before we can call him proven at that level. If we do sign him I would say he needs to loaned out straight away – wouldn’t expect him to break into the team next season and I’d be worried playing him in the reserves will only damage his development.

  • jackdnufc

    Apr 14, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #7

    Although I’d say he’s probably worth a punt, how much would we realistically wish to spend on this player? His goal scoring record is clearly fantastic in the lower tiers but stepping up from Swindon to Newcastle in the Premiership is something else. Can always sell on at a profit I guess…

  • Ericles

    Apr 14, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #8

    Lot of sense sparetheman. I think signing him and letting him go on loan may work. That way we have signed someone for the future and stopped the other clubs moving in on him.

  • The-Ciaran8

    Apr 14, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #9

    hes worth a Shot evedently If if he turns out not so good were still likley to make a profit on signing him

  • sparetheman

    Apr 14, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #10

    I would also mention whilst I agree he probably wouldn’t cost a lot when he does eventually leave Swindon, Danny Wilson (the Swindon manager) isn’t going to let him go unless he thinks it’s the right thing for the player having seen the way he treats these kind of transfers in the past – he’s not afraid of letting his best players leave at the end of their contracts (and Austin’s got a contract until the end of next season) if that’s what it comes to.

    To be honest, my gut tells me Wilson would look to keep him this summer unless a stupid offer is made (I would suggest that would be somehting close to 2 mil) if he doesn’t think he’s ready for the prem.

  • Robby Bobson

    Apr 14, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #11

    Well if hughton sent his scouts to the Swindon Exeter game, the chances of buying him would have reduced, as he was largely ineffective and totally dominated by taylor, the impressive exeter centre back.

    Im not convinced, yes we should be going after young players like this but Simon Cox has done very little at WBA and Billy Sharp has only just started scoring in the championship…thats two players who banged them in in league one and failed to impress in the championship let alone premiership.

  • Charlietoon

    Apr 14, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #12

    Get him in. The team aint been the same since we lost Charlie N’zogbi!

    Get a charlie in the team!!!!

  • BT7MAG

    Apr 14, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #13

    I spoke to a load of Swindon 606ers about this…It was Colin Calderwood who was at the game. In the legends bar wearing a full Newcastle tracksuit. Apparently there were a few scouts/managers from all over the country…

    They also talked about Austin’s merits and weaknesses. He’s possibly not the fastest (not slow) but has a nack for poaching goals and has great movement.

    Unfortunately the Rooney neck is the only comparison to be made with Wayne.

  • Captain Beefheart

    Apr 14, 2010 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #14

    Buy him and loan him back to Swindon until Xmas as a sweetener, then assess the position from there. A goalscorer is a goalscorer, that is a gift he will simply need to adapt to a the Premier League. Remember one Andrew Cole?

  • Solaidback

    Apr 14, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #15

    On that goal/game ratio I’d buy him, then loan him out to a Championship side for a season, let it build him up against bigger & better teams before even trying him in the PL…

    As its been said, we have Ranger who should be given a shot i the 1st team before bringing in a striker from a lower level or it may just force Ranger to want to quit the TOON & we don’t want that as he’s defo one for the future.. 🙂

  • BeeGuy

    Apr 14, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #16

    Oh, the grass is so much greener on the other side of the fence!
    First order of business for MA, is to fill out the PL roster with players with pace, poise, perception and power. No matter what he says now to lower expectations, CH will have a fan base not expecting more than 10 losses next year. Without breaking the bank, IMHO, that is achievable, even with a tight rein on spending.

    While the club needs to keep bringing in new talent, there is one FA cup winning group on hand, with the U-18’s in the hunt for another. Some of those lads may soon bloom & fill vital needs at NUFC.

  • fongct

    Apr 14, 2010 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #17

    for me, it is very simple, if we have big enough budget, why not?

    but if we have small budget like 15M, I dont want another young striker, we have 3 young striker who are unproven in PL…(seems like Hughton is going to keep best)….

    so we need just one more, a proven one who can score decent amount of goals in PL and within our budget….no matter he is C.Cole, Fletcher or Doyle


    Apr 14, 2010 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #18

    Looking at his photo he looks like he could do with some beefing up, but his goal scoring record is quite impressive.Agree with Captain Beefheart buy him and loan him back to swindon and keep an eye on hows he is doing.

  • henok

    Apr 14, 2010 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #19

    Signe Eden hazard and mussa sisoco and fabricip miccoli …and sell Simpson,butt,pankrant, and amiobi …and bring donaldson and Inman in the starting xi

  • chuck

    Apr 14, 2010 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #20

    I`m with CHARLEY TOON, not enough Charleys in the side !

  • chuck

    Apr 14, 2010 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #21

    Hazard & Sissoko would be good buys, but more than our big guy would want to spring for !


    Apr 14, 2010 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #22

    henok chuck think you fellas are dreaming Newcastle wont pay 20 million for him so move on to the next candidate.

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Apr 14, 2010 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #23

    I don’t see what we got to lose lads..We buy him and loan him back. He either grows into a prem player or he don’t. He ain’t gonna cost a whole lot…worse comes to worse everybody knows he could handle league 1 so we could get our money back there if he bust. On the other hand if he blooms into a full fledge sniper and grows into a bigtime player then we have a striker to work with or we can sale him and make money depending on what are situation is at the time.
    1 point and we lift the golden coke bottle…lol!!!!

    All the way from the usa,
    Howay the Lads!!!!

  • The-Ciaran8

    Apr 14, 2010 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #24

    What does Everyone Think About Getting Scott Brown?

  • Davies

    Apr 15, 2010 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #25

    Buy him and loan him. We’re not going to lash out silly money on strikers like Rooney etc… so we may as well try and grow one. I think this is part of the plan. If we have a handful of young strikers wanting to prove themselves we can always move the ones that aren’t as keen or talented on.

    This would be a good buy in my opinion.


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