West Brom loanee Charlie Austin scored on his debut for QPR on Tuesday night, leaving several West Brom fans irritable and less than impressed with their club.
The striker has had a campaign to forget at the Hawthorns but it didn’t take him long to get up and running back at the Rs.
His first-half goal helped the West London club to a much-needed win, with the Baggies’ loanee also picking up the Man of the Match award.
A lot has been made of the 31-year-old’s return to QPR, with the Hoops’ Twitter account changing its bio to, ‘He’s home’.
Many West Brom fans were happy with Austin’s departure, but his immediate success hasn’t sat well with some sections of the fanbase.
In their view, it shows a failure from the club to get the best out of the forward, with Austin’s lack of fitness a topic of conversation.
I see Austin scored tonight. I also see his own manager said he has got to get him fit. It’s a shocking indictment of the way we have been managed this year.
— Andrew Benbow (@WBABenbow) January 12, 2021
I remember when we signed him I thought, “he will be decent for us when he gets fit and match sharp”. I’m not sure I ever saw him complete 90 minutes for us. Shocking by the management team
— Sunil Patel (@sjpatel212) January 12, 2021
They will never get Austin fit…legs are gone.They dont come back.
— Michael whitehouse (@Michaelwh24) January 12, 2021
Others are more exasperated that Austin has found immediate joy after failing to score for the Baggies all season.
It’s a natural response to have, particularly as Sam Allardyce is yet to sign a replacement, despite a big match against Wolves on Saturday.
However, Austin is in the rear-view mirror now and West Brom must look forward, with a new striker hopefully arriving in the coming weeks.
Here are some more reactions to Austin’s display and goal in the 2-0 win against Luton…
Austin’s scored for QPR before there’s even a rumour of who might come in to replace him! 🤣 #wba
— Greg Adams (@gregadams11) January 12, 2021
Austin scored for qpr typical
— david cooper (@bigdave133) January 12, 2021
Took Austin long to find the net didn’t it 🤦♂️#Wba
— Luke Waterhouse (@WBALukey) January 12, 2021
Just seen Austin scored for QPR tonight, of course. Just of course. #wba
— Alex (@baggieal) January 12, 2021
In other West Brom news, Joseph Masi has detailed the likelihood of Chelsea terminating Conor Gallagher’s loan deal.