Jamie Redknapp has heaped praise on West Brom forward Charlie Austin, claiming he is a “phenomenal finisher.”

The Sky Sports pundit admitted that he has watched the veteran striker closely in training, and was clearly impressed.

Austin was an unused substitute against Leicester City on Sunday and was given the chance against Harrogate on Wednesday.

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Redknapp backed Austin to score, despite claiming that his link up play may need to improve for the Premier League.

“I’ve seen Charlie play enough, he’s a natural-born goalscorer,” he said on Sky Sports’ coverage of the game.

“Good technique infront of goal, I wouldn’t say he’s great, there are times as a midfield player where you want to play it to him and get a little one-two and build up play, he doesn’t do that as well.

“In terms of finishing, I’ve watched him close up in training and he’s a phenomenal finisher.”

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Austin partnered Hal Robson-Kanu against Harrogate on Wednesday, although it’s the Welshman who is ahead of his teammate in the pecking order.

The 31-year-old made 34 appearances last season, with 16 of those coming from the bench – a trend which is likely to continue in the Premier League.

His 10 goals last season was his best return since the 2015/16 campaign with Queens Park Rangers where he managed the same total.

Redknapp was spot on with his verdict, give Austin a chance and he will score, but it’s the work in between those opportunities that may need improving for this season.

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