This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Player view’ series, this content strand is where we put ourselves in the shoes of a given player, and offer an opinion-based outlook on the perspective on the situation at hand…
West Brom maintained their unbeaten start to the season as they ran out comfortable 2-0 winners over QPR at Loftus Road in the early kick-off on Saturday.
Goals from Nathan Ferguson and Matheus Pereira proved to be enough for the Baggies, as they continued their impressive showings in this year’s campaign.
But one man that struggled in front of goal for Slaven Bilic’s side was Charlie Austin, who is still yet to score his first goal since arriving from Southampton in the summer transfer window.
The experienced forward has made six league appearances in total so far in the league, but he’ll surely be fearing for his starting spot heading into their game against Leeds United at Elland Road.
Slaven Bilic’s side have hardly put a foot wrong all season, but the West Brom boss can’t keep picking players that aren’t performing to the high standards that he will expect.
With Bilic having a worthy replacement in Kenneth Zohore, it should be a no-brainer for the former Cardiff man to replace Austin in the starting XI for the game against the Whites.
It’s certainly come as a surprise to see Austin struggling for confidence in front of goal, as he had previously been scoring regularly for Southampton in the Premier League not so long ago.
West Brom are lucky that other players are chipping in with other goals, otherwise it seems highly unlikely that West Brom would be the early pacesetters in the Championship this season.
So, Austin will know that he needs to get off the mark at the earliest of opportunities, otherwise his days in the starting XI could be numbered.
It’s going to be a tough test for West Brom against a Leeds side that will have promotion ambitions of their own this term, after narrowly missing out on a long-awaited return to the top-flight last season.
If Austin can start scoring goals, then the Championship title could be West Brom’s to lose.