Whilst nothing can quite be taken for granted within the modern game, the 2015/16 campaign looks like it will continue to haunt Aston Villa and their newly installed manager, as they aim to avoid the ever looming threat relegation.
No sensible Villa fan needs reminding of the current plight their team faces in the Premier League – but Remi Garde’s new side have only picked up one solitary win to their name throughout the entirety of the current season, subsequently suffering ten painful losses as a result of their poor form.
The January transfer window could therefore offer the Midlands-based club a way out of the dreaded relegation zone before the situation becomes truly unworkable. In light of Aston Villa’s reported interest in QPR’s in-form striker – Charlie Austin – last summer, Remi Garde has since seen his side linked with the 26-year-old Englishman once again this season, acting as a potential light at the end of the tunnel for the Villa Park faithful.
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However, could Aston Villa really get their hands on the rapidly emerging centre-forward this January, or have the Villans already missed the boat on signing Charlie Austin.
Well, if his most recent form is anything to go by, the current Queens Park Rangers hit-man really could help out Remi Garde’s team rather dramatically in 2015/16.
Austin certainly knows how to find the back of the net on the basis of what he achieved in the Premier League last season – and although he may look like a somewhat outdated traditional English striker of yesteryear, the 26-year-old also has a decent amount of technical ability under his belt.
When it comes to effectively holding up the ball in the final third, linking up with the rest of his teammates across the pitch, and entertaining his respective fan-base with some really well taken finishes, Charlie Austin rarely seems to disappoint. He is also just as useful on the deck as he is in the air, successfully proving able to marry the physical side of the English game with some impressive technical skill at times.
Although QPR had somewhat unrealistically set a £15million price-tag on their widely coveted striker last summer, the London club currently find themselves without much bargaining power, languishing in 15th place in the Championship. Aston Villa could well prove the ones to tempt Austin this January then.
Yes, he may be a tad over-rated, and he wouldn’t likely act as an overnight success at Villa Park should he eventually make the move, but could the current Loftus Road favourite serve to improve Remi Garde’s options in 2015/16? There’s ultimately not much doubt.
However, whether or not Aston Villa will remain in the Premier League beyond the realms of this season remains up for debate. The Midlanders haven’t yet been relegated from the English first division, but that rather trivial fact simply fails to help the struggling Villans out of their current predicament.
The club have already spent a fair amount on transfers throughout the summer, and as very few Aston Villa players have actually done their fans justice this term, maybe the writing is well and truly on the wall.
Charlie Austin himself probably wouldn’t be overly excited about the prospect of joining the worse placed team currently operating in the Premier League. Put in no uncertain terms whatsoever, Aston Villa look utterly hopeless at the minute – and although Remi Garde does in-fact seem to offer a fair amount of promise in the dug-out, the problems at Villa Park evidently run way deeper than poor managerial decision making alone.
Therefore, unless the Villans somehow manage to improve their fortunes out on the pitch sooner rather than later, it remains difficult to picture Charlie Austin turning out at Villa Park in the New Year.