QPR may be going down, but this striker probably isn’t

Although Queens Park Rangers are facing relegation once again, the big star of their season has to be Charlie Austin.

He is definitely a big game player; his hat-trick against West Bromwich Albion earlier this season is evidence of that. And should QPR be relegated to the Championship, Charlie Austin will undoubtedly remain in the Premier League.

QPR are no strangers to a battle against relegation – they narrowly avoided the drop in 2011/2012, yet were relegated the following campaign. But having been promoted back to the top-flight last season, they are facing life back in the Championship once again.

But Charlie Austin is too good to be playing Championship football. He has been linked to the likes of Southampton, Liverpool and Crystal Palace and any one of those clubs would be mad not to show some interest in one of the Premier League’s most exciting players so far this term.

Without any disrespect to QPR, Charlie Austin has carried his team considerably this season. If they were without the 25-year-old, chances are, they could even be rock bottom of the Premier League, where Leicester City currently find themselves.

If Charlie Austin were to join Southampton, he could create a wonderful partnership with the already fantastic Grazianno Pelle. Pelle is another forward who has made a big impression this season, particularly during the opening half of the campaign.

No doubt they would create problems for defenders all over the division. If Southampton were unable to make the top four and miss out on a Champions League place, it wouldn’t necessarily be the end of the world, as having fewer fixtures as the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City can be used to their advantage.

But regardless of what happens to QPR, Charlie Austin should be given a life line by one of these clubs in order to remain at the top level, where he should be.