West Brom’s Charlie Austin has a great chance to break his duck this weekend

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Slaven Bilic’s West Brom will be looking to continue the unbeaten start to this Championship campaign as they host a struggling Huddersfield side at the Hawthorns on Sunday.

The Terriers have managed to pick up just one point from their seven matches this season and appointed Danny Cowley as the club’s new manager only last week.

His first game in charge was a defeat to Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday, and now it doesn’t get easier with a trip to the Black Country.

Huddersfield have won just two of their last 36 competitive fixtures so Albion could well have a field day if they get things right.

Therefore, it could well be the perfect game for one summer arrival to get his season started.

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Charlie Austin joined the club in a £4m move from Southampton in the summer, but the 30-year-old is yet to get off the mark in 245 minutes of league football.

He’s torn this league apart before in spells with Queens Park Rangers and Burnley – scoring 68 goals in 136 appearances, per Transfermarkt, but his account at the Hawthorns has been lacking so far.

That could be about to change.

Only one team has conceded more goals than Huddersfield this season (Stoke City) while they rank fifth in the league for shots faced per game at an average of 15.1.

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This bodes well for a striker that will surely be hungry to get his first strike in a Baggies shirt.

The man who first scouted Austin for Swindon Town, Ken Ryder, has added further weight to the argument this week by claiming that £4m was a “steal” on Albion’s part, he said:

“If you put a cross into the box, nine times out of ten Charlie will be in the right place to get on the end of it. That is his gift.

“I’ve got no doubt they’ll be many times I’ll have a look [at whether Austin played] and he’ll have scored for Albion.”

There isn’t a better game for 6 foot 2 forward to get off the mark in the league than this one and he must take full advantage, especially if he’s to live up to Ryder’s comments.

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