West Brom striker Charlie Austin’s starting spot under threat after latest showing

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West Brom continued their unbeaten run in the Championship with a convincing 2-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers on Saturday afternoon.

Second-half goals from academy product Nathan Ferguson and Matheus Pereira were enough to secure a ninth straight game without a loss for Slaven Bilic and his side.

The 18-year-old was given all the time in the world to advance into the opposition half before he cut in and unleashed a strike from 25 yards out that beat Joe Lumley in the QPR net.

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Things then got worse for the home side as defender Yoann Barbet received his marching orders for bringing down substitute Hal Robson-Kanu when he was the last man.

The resulting free-kick was taken by the Brazilian loanee and was hit low under the wall to double their advantage.

Robson-Kanu replaced £4m summer arrival Charlie Austin after just an hour with the 30-year-old still looking for his first goal in a Baggies shirt.

The striker may have been taken off as a precaution ahead of their midweek game at Leeds United, but Austin still does have to be careful, with his place likely to become more under threat after this latest showing.

Former Wales international Robson-Kanu had been out injured for several weeks with this game marking his senior return to action.

Now that Bilic has another striker fit enough to call upon, Austin could well be axed should he not score sometime soon.

Kenneth Zohore, who also joined the west Midlands club this summer, has bagged two goals – albeit both penalties.

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In 61 minutes of game time, Austin recorded just one shot on target which certainly isn’t going to help his cause in trying to find his first goal for the club.

Per SofaScore, the former Saints striker also lost possession seven times, won just three of his seven ground duels and conceded two fouls.

That marks out another difficult afternoon up front despite West Brom coming away with a victory.

With Robson-Kanu back in the squad and Zohore wanting to prove his worth, having not started a game in over a month, Austin’s opportunity to lead the line may be wearing thin after this latest performance.

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