Southampton striker Charlie Austin struggled to make an impact in his side’s 0-0 draw against Burnley in their Premier League opener at St Mary’s on Sunday, and Saints fans were quick to slate the 29-year-old for his performance.
The former QPR centre-forward has been a Mark Hughes favourite ever since he took the reins back in March, often preferred ahead of the likes of Manolo Gabbiadini and Shane Long in the starting XI.
That was again the case against Sean Dyche’s men on Sunday when he got the nod ahead of the duo and new boy Danny Ings, but he struggled in the lone role up top and was often left isolated and looked a little off the pace before he was replaced by Gabbiadini in the closing stages.
Southampton supporters took to social media to give their thoughts on Austin’s display, and while one described him as “embarrassingly poor”, another said “Charlie Austin needs to lay off the kebabs”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Hughes got it wrong. Formation for the 1st 60 minutes shocking. As bad as you’ll see. Austin embarrassingly poor. All subs made a massive difference, not as much as change of formation though. Thought the new centre half was good, Hoedt looked dogshit. Romeu v poor.
— Neil Warren (@BusterCornelius) August 12, 2018
Thoughts on today’s game…. bit sluggish first 20 mins, Vestagaard was great, Austin is too slow, Cedric didn’t look interested, Ings and Elynoussai really changed the game & was good to see a positive substitution #saintsfc and the ref 🤬😂
— Emma Lewis (@lewpylew78) August 12, 2018
Few more thoughts on today: Vestergaard and Hoedt could be a decent partnership for 4 at the back, Stephens viable back up right-back, Redmond bright but no end product, Ings cut above the rest, Austin useless without a second striker. #saintsfc
— Nathan Thomas (@Nathanthomasj) August 12, 2018
— Liam Dawtry (@liam_dawtry88) August 12, 2018
I really think the new signings looked superb today. Moi really impressed me. Danny played some superb passes with some great movement. Big V, immense. Alex cemented his number 1 spot. Sadly the biggest let down for me was Austin who looked slow and off the pace. #saintsfc
— Tommy (@we8pompey84) August 12, 2018
Austin cannot start games. Doesn’t move. No one to pass to #SaintsFc
— Glen de la Cour (leagueoneminus10) (@L1minus10) August 12, 2018