West Brom striker Charlie Austin has showered praise on Hal Robson-Kanu for his performances this season in the Championship.

The Welshman has led the line for the Baggies for the majority of this season but was dropped against Sheffield Wednesday in the 3-0 win at Hillsborough.

Austin stepped up and scored on Wednesday evening, and that could have secured him a starting spot against Hull on Saturday.

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Austin has had no problems with playing second fiddle to Robson-Kanu though, claiming he has been phenomenal this season.

“Hal came in and was faultless for three or four months. He scored goals, unbelievable performances and all I could do was back up from the bench and on the training ground,” he told the Express and Star.

“What Hal was doing was incredible – the performances he was putting in for the team.

“And it was nice to watch and nice to play a part in it. Me and Hal have got a great relationship – there is no animosity there at all.”

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Slaven Bilic has been spot on with most of his selections this season, and it was the perfect time to bring Austin back in on Wednesday.

Robson-Kanu struggled against Brentford and wasn’t his usual self that holds the ball up and hassles defenders when out of possession.

When you compare the two via WhoScored, you can see the difference in their styles of play and that massively benefits Austin.

Austin has much-more of a striker’s instinct in the final third and has only scored one fewer goal despite completing more than 1000 minutes fewer in the Championship.

Robson-Kanu betters his teammate in other areas because he is better at holding the ball up and interlinking with midfielders.

Bilic will know that he needs that poacher between now and the end of the season though, and Austin might be the man to step up with those all-important goals for promotion.

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  1. Good to know Austin isn’t the man Southampton fans think he is.

    Personally I think they’ve both done the Albion a great job.

    Let’s finish it boys.


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