Austin advised to move on by Hasenhuttl
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has indicated to Charlie Austin he will need to leave this summer if he wants regular game-time.
The 29-year-old has been used sparringly by the Austrian coach since the start of 2019, playing just 246 minutes of Premier League football despite Danny Ings having missed plenty of games through injury.
Austin had the option to go out on loan during the January transfer window but turned it down in favour of fighting for his spot in the Saints team, a move which appears to have backfired.
With Hasenhuttl planning to move on several members of his first-team squad come the end of the season, including Jack Stephens, Fraser Forster and Cedric, it looks like Austin's days at St Mary's are also numbered.
Hasenhuttl has now admitted that he's unlikely to change his opinion on Austin and has indicated it would be best for everyone if he left.
"Charlie is very clear on the situation that in the summer he must find another option where he plays more often," said Hasenhuttl. "It depends how much he wants to play.
"That's a situation you can handle for a few months or even a year, but not for five years because you are not born as a footballer to sit on the bench and not play.
"If he comes to me and says, 'Manager it was very nice to help you, it was very nice to be successful with your team, but I want to play more minutes and that's why I want to leave.' I'm the last guy who says you cannot.
"For every situation we find a solution and hopefully the best for the team and for him."
Chris Rivers is an experienced reporter who closely follows both Arsenal and Wales Rugby Union team. As well as in-depth football and rugby knowledge, Chris is an avid American Football, Formula One and boxing fan.