QPR’s new manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has let it be known that Charlie Austin will not be allowed to leave in January for a reduced fee – Hasselbaink said he will not be allowed to be pinched by other clubs.
From QPR’s viewpoint that makes some sense because if the new manager can get the side playing well and pick up some momentum then it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that QPR could be promoted back to the Premier league.
And if that happens they may lose Charlie in the summer and get nothing for him or he may decide to stay with QPR.
Charlie Austin – he will not be pinched
But even if they lose him for nothing the money that get by getting back in the Premier League is massive – so they may try to keep him in January.
QPR are in 12th place on 26 points after 19 games and they are only 3 points out of a play-off place and 13 points behind Middlesbrough in second place and an automatic play-off position.
They were promoted two years ago through the playoffs when they beat Steve McClaren’s Derby Count 1-0 when QPR were down to 10 men and won it with 90th minute goal from Bobby Zamora.
Hasselbaink is an up-and-coming manager and he said he wants to bring stability to QPR and this is what he had to say specifically about his striker Charlie Austin:
“You don’t pinch. He’s not going to be pinched.” “I’m looking forward to working with Charlie, and I’m looking forward to working with everyone else as well. Charlie Austin is a very important individual at this club.
“But it’s a team game. I want to have a team. I don’t want individuals. You need a team and eventually teams win you titles. Individuals win just the game.
“We need to hit the ground with both feet, not one, and concentrate on a Saturday, and the league will take care of itself. That’s the easiest way, and that’s the best way.”
Charlie Austin has Austin’s eight goals so far in 13 appearances in the Championship and last season he scored 18 Premier league goals in 35 league appearances.
If Charlie Austin is available for about £8M in January we still think Newcastle will be interested.
But not much more than that for a player who will be a free agent in the summer.
And there is news today we are interested in West Brom’s 22 year-old striker Saido Berahino.