Charlie Austin’s display in QPR’s 2-0 defeat at Charlton on Saturday sparked a mixed response from Rangers fans on Twitter.
Most agreed the striker, apparently coveted by several Premier League clubs, struggled to make an impact on the game.
However, while some blamed the team’s system for leaving him isolated up front, others accused him of having his mind elsewhere – and some felt he should be sold as soon as possible.
And Charlie Austin already looked like he’s playing in a Spurs/Newcastle/West Ham shirt… #QPR
— NIK X CVMERON (@NikCameron_) August 8, 2015
— Duncan Mccreadie#QPR (@duncanmccreadie) August 8, 2015
Charlie Austin was poor, v poor. Looked like he didn’t care, if I was #qpr I’d want to sell and get 2 good championship strikers for same £
— James F (@jamesf647) August 8, 2015
If Austin wants to leave there is no point putting him in the team, let him go and move on #QPR cannot afford to have anyone who isn’t 100%
— Paul Blakebrough (@paulblakeyuk) August 8, 2015
If Austin is going let’s not play him, and prepare for the season ahead by using Polter up front. #QPR
— Jake Spencer (@JakeyQPR) August 8, 2015
However, others felt Austin’s goal-laden spell at Rangers means he should have some credit in the bank with supporters – and there were many who were disappointed at boos heard when Austin was substituted late on.
Imagine booing a player who has basically single handedly carried us the last two seasons. #QPR
— Zack McCormack (@zackmcc98) August 8, 2015
Booing Charlie Austin was poor from the fans today. He didn’t have a great game but let’s not forget the last 2 seasons! #QPR ⚪️🔵⚪️🔵
— Jay B (@JayBizz89) August 8, 2015
Qpr fans that booed austin are complete idiots . Think him sitting in the stand showed it was his last game . #qpr
— Marc Armitt (@ArmittMarc) August 8, 2015
I thought we were quite class last season but wow, I heard boos for Austin on the first game. Go support another team and quickly #QPR
— Jules Toni (@COYRangers) August 8, 2015
Shame on those few booing Austin today. Hes been fantastic. Very sad. Players didnt look fit. Poor second half. Full team v yeovil. #QPR
— Martin England (@Martin14England) August 8, 2015