There’s no denying that Southampton striker Charlie Austin basically had a stinker in the Premier League campaign of 2018/19 and come January, manager Ralph Hasenhuttl had effectively shown him the door and there was no way back.
Despite the joy of his Video Assistant Referee technology meltdown in the first half of the year, that was the 30-year-old’s high point last season with only three goals scored.
Despite his future being massively in doubt, in June he misjudged the mood and turned more fans against him and with news this week that he had rejected a firm offer from West Bromwich Albion after Southampton had accepted an £8million offer for him – the reason of ‘fight for my place in the side’ probably left everyone fuming because we all know it’s code for sit on my backside taking a wage.
With plenty of optimism under Hasenhuttl ahead of the new campaign, many will be thinking Charlie isn’t the brightest, especially in light of this Tweet on Monday evening.
The Tweet has been removed for obvious reasons, maybe Austin realised the connotation made a mockery of the claim he wanted to fight for his place, as everyone knew he was basically frozen out as soon as it turned into 2019 and was only used sparingly after and Hasenhuttl had long told him to find a new club.
The Liverpool faux par didn’t bother me, for some reason, this one has.
— J.SFC ???????? (@HasenhuttlERA) July 15, 2019
— Pete James Vine (@Petevine22) July 15, 2019
Not very long ago you'd have left with the gratitude and respect of most saints fans and a good reception if you ever visit. Your recent behaviour will see you instantly forgotten, thereafter ignored and only brought to our attention when you cheat at Monopoly again.
— Paul Hart (@Hart0071Paul) July 15, 2019
Toys well and truly out the pram…
— Ashley Jones (@Joner07) July 15, 2019
Not good enough ????
— Mark Cottle (@markcottle17) July 15, 2019
Why don’t you actually try fighting for your place back if not then move on and grow up
— Jason Lewis (@jason_lewisj22) July 15, 2019
— Shaun Goater (@s_goater1) July 15, 2019
Literally embarrassing now Chaz https://t.co/aokJSlRjHB
— Home & Away Saint (@Saintmike_sfc) July 15, 2019