Southampton new arrival Charlie Austin has admitted that he ready to make his debut when the Saints face Manchester United at Old Trafford on 23 January. He left Queens Park Rangers (QPR) and signed a four-and-a-half-year contract after making a switch to St Mary's Stadium in the January transfer window.
The 26-year-old player has already trained with his new teammates and Ronald Koeman has already suggested the striker will be included in the squad during his pre-match press conference. The Dutchman also suggested that Austin could make his Southampton debut when his side face the Red Devils on Saturday.
"I met all the lads after the West Brom game and a few of the others this week, so I've settled in perfectly," Austin explained, as quoted by Southampton's official website.
"I've trained for 10 days at QPR and this week, so I'm feeling ready to go. I'll wait my time, train hard and who knows what will happen.
"It's an incredible place to work and there's a great group of lads, and obviously a fantastic manager too. It feels like home. My family is close and so that side of things is sorted. Now it's just about settling into the club."
Austin featured in the Premier League last season with QPR and scored 18 goals. However, his impressive goal scoring record was not sufficient in helping the Hoops avoid relegation from the England's top flight club competition to the Championship. The striker believes his past experience could help him hit the ground at Southampton.
"I've not set myself any targets. I just want to get on the pitch and perform to the level I know I can," the striker explained.
"It's not a concern that it will take me time to adapt back to the Premier League. I think my record speaks for itself and I've scored goals wherever I've been. If I work hard, I'm sure I'll get the opportunities."