Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has spoken about his new signing Charlie Austin and how he was the club’s number one target.
Austin was the club’s number one transfer target this window because Koeman knew that he would bring goals. The English forward has scored goals at every club he has been at, and in every division as well.
The Saints had been struggling for form in front of goal in recent months and with injuries to Graziano Pelle and Jay Rodriguez it was clear a striker was needed. Koeman had said that he was only planning to make one addition this month; a striker. Koeman has duly delivered as the Austin joined on a four-and-a-half year deal, which was announced a few hours before the 3-0 win over West Brom yesterday.
Austin scored 18 Premier League goals last season and already had ten in the Championship this term so Koeman knows that he is going to get goals for the club.
I hope he will bring goals, that’s why he was our target for this transfer window,” said Saints boss Koeman.
I think we need a player like him, everybody knows his number of goals. He’s still only 26 and it’s good to have him in now. It’s good for the other players and it’s good to see what his physical state is.
He gives us more competition. We are always trying to make the squad stronger and signing that sort of player is very important.
Every Premier League team has competition. And at the moment Graziano Pelle is still not 100 per cent fit, Jay Rodriguez is not training, so if something happened to Shane Long we’d have no one up front.
Now we are also prepared for next season. He is here now and it’s good for the boy. He needs to adapt to how we work and he’ll know everything for next season.