By Danny Wright
Former Leeds midfielder Andy Couzens believes that Southampton striker Charlie Austin should be the man to replace Chris Wood at Elland Road following his big-money move to the Premier League.
The New Zealand international had his £15million switch to Burnley confirmed on Monday and Couzens, 42, has already began to highlight potential replacements for the striker who netted 30 goals across all competitions last season.
Premier League striker Austin, 28, has been on the books at Southampton for the past year and a half but is yet to really solidify his place in the first-team due to injuries and having to compete with Manolo Gabbiadini.
The ex-QPR hit man found the net on Saturday in his side’s 3-1 win against West Ham, and Couzens reckons that he, and Liverpool’s Danny Ings, would make good investments following Wood’s exit.
When asked by a fan who he would like to see Leeds sign, Couzens said on his personal Twitter account: “I don’t really know to be honest but a proven striker from any League. Ings [or] Austin would be good, but let’s see.”
— andy couzens (@andycuz23) August 20, 2017
Austin scored nine goals in 21 appearances for Southampton last season while Ings, 25, played just twice for Liverpool due to constant injury problems that have plagued his career ever since he moved from Burnley in 2015.
Leeds have been very busy in the summer transfer window so far and their current options up front are Caleb Ekuban, who started in the win at Sunderland on Saturday, and Souleymane Doukara.