Southampton striker Charlie Austin scored a hat-trick as his team beat Fulham 5-1 in a friendly match at Staplewood on Thursday, and Saints fans are urging manager Mauricio Pellegrino to give the out of favour star more game time in the Premier League.
Read our report and view our photos from the game: https://t.co/xPxZV5UHj2
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) November 9, 2017
Despite the fact that the 28-year-old is a renowned goalscorer and the south coast outfit have been struggling to find the net – they have scored just nine goals in 11 top flight matches this season – Austin has only featured for 103 minutes.
Manolo Gabbiadini and/or Shane Long have been preferred up top, even though the latter is without a goal for his club since February.
Southampton supporters were quick to have their say on the centre-forward’s latest impressive performance via social media, and while one said “maybe now he will get the start he deserves”, another said it’s “funny what he does when not sat on the bench”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Scored a brace last international break, scores a hattrick this international break. Clearly Austin should be starting more regularly
— James Morgan (@JamesMorgan92) November 9, 2017
Beg the question why Austin has played 103 minutes this season, we all know he's not the best footballer but he knows where the goal is. #saintsfc
— Ryan Morriss (@ryanmorriss040) November 9, 2017
maybe now Austin will get the starts he deserves
— Nick (@soton021) November 9, 2017
Give Austin a chance! He loves to score for fun.
— Stephen Agius (@thenoblesteed) November 9, 2017
Funny what Austin does when not sat on the bench
— ben caffyn (@bencaffyn) November 9, 2017
Is this the obligatory video of @chazaustin10 finishing to remind us he’s still here or are you actually going to give him a run in the first team. Best natural finisher at the club and he’s wasted on the bench #SaintsFC
— terry couzens (@tcouzens1) November 9, 2017
CAN WE PLEASE PLAY CHARLIE!!! Technically he's scored 5 now, 4 against Fullham (There was another one last international break) and scored against West Ham! PLAY HIM! PLAY HIM!!!!!!!!
— TomTRG (@TomTRGOfficial) November 9, 2017