For three years between 1998 – 2001 Steve Austin dominated the WWF and electrified fans with some stellar performances. As a 10-year-old lad, nothing was more exciting than seeing Stone Cold taking care of business and ripping opponents to shreds.
Fast-forward more than a decade and another Austin is lighting up our sporting lives, although we’re swapping Texas for London, the squared circle for the Loftus Road turf, and Stone Cold for Charlie.
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[A hat-tip to the geniuses in PP Design for this body-slamming image]
Charlie Austin is tearing up the Premier League with the same intensity as Stone Cold in the 1998 Royal Rumble. The QPR striker has a mightily impressive 13 goals in 19 games – contributing a massive 57 per cent of the Hoops’ goals. There is no reason to be surprised either – Austin averaged a shade better than a goal a game during his 113 Championship matches at Burnley and QPR, and before that had a record of 31 goals in 54 League One games for Swindon.
One of the biggest compliments to Austin’s season is that there are just five players in Europe’s top five leagues who have managed more goals than him. The untouchable Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Premier League duo Sergio Aguero and Diego Costa, and Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, are the only players to have racked up more than QPR’s leading man.
Heading into the weekend’s game against Manchester United, and as the infographic shows, Charlie Austin clearly has the edge over the Red Devils’ wealth of attacking talent. In terms of goals he is five clear of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney, and has 10 more than Radamel Falcao.
Even in terms of getting his shots on target, Austin can boast of a 68 per cent shot accuracy compared to Robon van Persie (56 per cent) and Wayne Rooney (50 per cent). Falcao has mustered just 21 shots in the top flight this season which skews his odds slightly, but even still his shot accuracy (65 per cent) is behind Charlie Austin’s.
We’re all looking for a punt on Saturday as Louis van Gaal’s side head south to the capital. Considering the player statistics, there’s plenty of appeal around Austin to score first at 7/1, particularly when you throw in this nugget from the number-crunchers in Power Tower.
- If you stuck £5 each-way on Charlie Austin to score first in every league game this season you would have £115 in pure profit boosting your bank balance.
Alternatively it might be worth having a look at QPR to win with Austin finding the net at any time. QPR are eighth in the table if you look at home form only, whereas Man United have won just two away games in the top flight this season – only Crystal Palace, Burnley and QPR have won less on the road. The 10/1 for QPR to win and Austin to score looks even more appealing now.
If he could just turn on Harry Redknapp and smash him through the Spanish Announce table, that would be the icing on the cake…