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With 2 days to go until the transfer window closes Eddie Howe is on the lookout for a few new players including a striker. Will Charlie Austin sign for AFC Bournemouth? Here’s why he might and might not.
PREMIER LEAGUE FOOTBALL
If he stays at QPR he will be playing Championship football. If he joins AFC Bournemouth he will be playing Premier League football. If he wants to play for England, he needs to be playing in the Premier League.
REUNITE WITH EDDIE HOWE
He has strong connections with Eddie Howe. He trained with AFC Bournemouth when he was at Poole Town and would have signed had it not been for a transfer embargo. He eventually teamed up with Howe at Burnley wherehe got 41 goals in 82 outings.
HE WILL SCORE GOALS
His goal-scoring record speaks for itself. He has scored shed loads of goals wherever he has been. At Poole Town he scored more goals than performances (48 goals – 42 appearances). He scored 31 goals in 54 app at Swindon, 41 in 82 at Burnley and 39 in 71 at QPR.
WORK WELL WITH WILSON
Austin doesn’t have a lot of pace, but what he is good at is being in the right place at the right time. He would get loads of ball in the box and the ones Wilson doesn’t pick he would. They could be deadly.
At £15m he might seem like a bargain, but can we really afford him? It’s a lot of money and while he will score goals he might just be out of our price range.
It’s rumoured that he wants £80,000 a week. While he may be worth this, it would break the Cherries wage structure and may lead to divisions in the dressing room
AFC Bournemouth do not have the draw of the bigger clubs. Does he want to be playing at a club that are one of the favourites to be relegated when he could be playing for Man United?