Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin told EFL On Quest how Sheffield Wednesday’s Jordan Rhodes is among the three best players he has seen in the Championship.
Austin, on loan at QPR from West Bromwich Albion, has played over 150 games in the Championship over seven seasons at Burnley, QPR and West Brom.
The 31-year-old has seen some excellent players during that time, while his best scoring record at Championship level came in 2012-13 with an impressive 25 goals in 37 games.
Austin is back at QPR where has six goals in 17 games.
As a popular and experienced player, Austin was invited to participate on the EFL On Quest and was asked to name the best Championship player he has faced.
“I never played against Adel Taraabt. But that season when he scored like 20 goals and had 20 assists was incredible then. I think he will be in a lot of people’s Championship XI of all time. I went through a period where it was me and Jordan Rhodes and he was an absolute goal scorer. It was 25 goals [a season] which was the flat line for him so it would also have to be him. Wilfried Zaha at Palace as well. For me, it would have been one of them three,” Austin explained.
Rhodes will go down as one of the most prolific goal scorers at Championship level.
The Owls striker first showed his potential with a stunning 36-goal campaign in League One with Huddersfield Town, before joining Blackburn Rovers for £8 million in 2012.
Rhodes, 31, then had three successive campaigns of scoring over 20 goals, netting a total of 83 in 159 games for Rovers which prompted Middlesbrough to sign him in 2015.
While the Scot failed to replicate his incredible goal scoring form at Boro, a promotion to the Premier League ensued before he joined the Owls permanently in 2017.
Rhodes has struggled to match his top form at Hillsborough. Still, even with the Owls on the verge of relegation, he tops the club’s scoring charts with seven goals in 32 games [13 starts].