Date: 18th January 2016 at 10:14am
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Manager Ronald Koeman has spoken of his belief as to why Charlie Austin is the ‘ideal signing’ for Southampton and Austin himself has promised to start scoring for the club as opposed to against it.

With the 26 year old joining us this weekend for a reported £4million fee having passed a medical despite being injured and out of action since mid December, Koeman told saintsfc.

‘That’s very positive. He was our target for this transfer window. We spoke about getting in one new striker and, ok, you know about the numbers of goals he scored, he’s a good age, 26, an English player and we are very pleased that we get Charlie in, because we like to make our squad stronger and stronger, because that’s the way how we like to continue.’

With him being out injured at the moment Koeman knows it will be down to the medical staff to guide things in terms of when it comes to his debut for the club now.

‘First we have to see how he is in the physical stage, because he had a hamstring in the last few weeks. He will get training and we will see how far he is to play for Southampton, but he will be close.’

Koeman was also pleased to see him adding to the competition of the squad given his eye for a goal as he offers us something different when fit – and having partnered Jay Rodriguez back during their time at Burnley where they hit 38 goals between them that’s an obvious additional benefit for us.

‘You need that kind of competition. You play a lot of games and it’s a tough time and you need everybody and that’s good. Everybody knows you can’t play always, you need competition in the squad and finally we also have that competition, because still Graziano Pellè is not 100 per cent in his fitness and we know that Jay Rodriguez is still out and that makes it a little bit more easy for everybody.’

With five goals against the club during his time with others – three for Swindon, and one a piece for Burnley and QPR, he admitted that Southampton had always been one of those clubs he viewed as being lucky for him and now he’s hoping that continues but in the other direction.

‘You always have a lucky club I think and Southampton was one for me, but now I`ve signed for the club it`s all about scoring as many as I can for Southampton and helping the team progress. I scored a nice goal here last year, but it didn`t really matter because Graziano went up the other end and matched it, if not bettered it. I know St Mary`s, I`ve played here a few times and now it`s important for me to score the goals for Southampton.’

With Shane Long, Sadio Mane, Jay Rodriguez and the previously mentioned Pelle as new competition for him, the 26 year old said he was relishing the challenge and looking forward to reuniting with Jay when he returns to fitness given their exploits for Burnley in former years.

‘All strikers want pressure. Everyone wants to play, but in hindsight it`s all about the team and helping get three points. For me, I feel it`s better to have competition because you can`t rest on your laurels and you have to try and push yourself.’

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