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QPR: Deniz Undav could be Charlie Austin 2.0

Queens Park Rangers have been linked with a move for Brighton striker Deniz Undav recently and the German forward could prove to be the next Charlie Austin at Loftus Road.

According to Football League World, the Hoops are among a number of Championship clubs who are keen on signing the 26-year-old on loan in next month’s transfer window, as he continues to struggle for game time with the Seagulls.

Undav caught the eye with Union Saint-Gilloise last season and earned a move to Brighton in the January transfer window, remaining with the Belgian side until the end of the campaign.

He would go on to register a phenomenal 25 goals and 10 assists in just 33 Belgian Pro League appearances, which will no doubt have excited Brighton fans about the prospect of him producing those numbers in the Premier League.

The former Eintracht Braunschweig striker certainly promised goals upon his arrival at the AMEX Stadium, speaking highly of his own goalscoring ability in an interview ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.

He said:

“I can score inside the box, outside the box, I can score from the middle line, I can score from everywhere. I have no typical type of goal. I try to score with my head, with the left foot, right foot, with my shoulder, with everything.”

However, he has been used sporadically by both Graham Potter and Roberto de Zerbi so far this term, as he has just eight substitute appearances in the Premier League to his name, with his only goal for the club coming in a League Cup win over Forest Green.

Should he be given regular game time under Neil Critchley in the second half of the Championship season, he would hopefully rediscover his top goalscoring form, and could potentially emulate Austin.

In each of the last 10 seasons for QPR, their top goalscorer has only managed more than 15 league goals on two occasions. Both of these were achieved by Austin, in the 2013/14 and 2014/15 seasons respectively, which suggests that the Hoops have lacked a natural goalscorer since his departure.

Undav’s form ahead of his Brighton switch certainly suggests that he knows where the back of the net is, so there seems no reason why he couldn’t be a regular goalscorer under Critchley, should he complete a move to Loftus Road next month.