It has often been the case that promoted teams struggle to hit the net and teams that get relegated ultimately do not have the fire power up front. Two teams that don’t have that as an excuse this season are Burnley and QPR who both have goal-scoring strikers thriving in their first experiences as Premier League players.
Questions are always asked if players who score piles of goals in the lower divisions can step up to the Premier League and be successful and after many flops such as Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, who for Wolves in the Championship was so clinical but could not cut it as a goal-scorer when he made the step up, two men have stepped up to the mark and proven they can do it in any division.
Charlie Austin scored 17 goals in last seasons Championship and has already scored 13 goals this season and we are only at the half way stage, should he continue this form he could and should reach the 20 goal mark which would be a massive achievement for the 25-year-old Englishman.
Similarly Danny Ings was prolific in Burnley’s promotion campaign scoring a total of 21 goals as Burnley made the leap into England’s top division. After a slow start to the season Ings has began to thrive in the Premier League scoring 6 goals in 18 appearances, most recently netting the winner against relegation rivals QPR and against fellow hot-shot Austin.
These two men are proving that goal-scorers in lower divisions are capable of stepping up to the best league in the world and still bang in the goals. Burnley and QPR are both enthralled in the relegation battle but with Ings and Austin firing they have a very good chance of survival.
You can see with reports that up to ten teams are looking to buy Jermaine Defoe that goals near the bottom of the table are crucial and that is what both Austin and Ings are offering to their respective teams.