Even those QPR fans susceptible to allowing optimism to entirely delude their expectations will be left jaws agape should Super Hoops sharpshooter Charlie Austin not leave Loftus Road during the summer.
The latest called up, but unused member of the England squad scored 17 goals in his first season as a Premier League striker, despite playing for the worst team in the division.
Naturally, such an outstanding effort in front of goal has drawn plenty of interest, with Newcastle, West Ham and Southampton all believed to harbour serious desires to sign the 25-year-old, while Chelsea – whose overtures have yet to occupy any gossip column inches – also feature prominently in the betting to be his next club.
But of those in the running, who would Austin be best suited signing for?
It’s easy to write the Blues – 4/1 to be his paymaster come September 2nd – out of this script, with the former bricklayer needing to play regularly in order to continue his development at the highest level.
Diego Costa has the number nine slot on lockdown at Stamford Bridge, with a forward of Loic Remy’s ilk unable to wrestle it away from him.
Rumours abound that Radamel Falcao is joining the ranks as well, which would render Austin the runt of an especially high-calibre litter were he recruited.
Newcastle are the shortest price of those in contention for his services, available to back at 3/5 to land the coveted striker.
The Magpies have harvested some excellent attackers in recent campaigns, but the level of service their current quota of midfielders could provide is questionable.
Pressure to deliver is perennially high on Tyneside too, which could be enough to cause a relatively inexperienced Premier League striker to implode on a lean spell.
West Ham – 7/1 to be Austin’s next employers – could do with reinforcements in the final third, but they face an uncertain season with Slaven Bilic at the helm and another year of drop-defiance is one the player certainly doesn’t need after last term’s debacle.
That leaves 11/1 Southampton, who were desperately lacking in the final third once Graziano Pelle stopped scoring post-Christmas.
Ronald Koeman doesn’t have a wealth of potential net bulgers available to him, which promises game time.
Yet, in Sadio Mane, Dusan Tadic and James Ward-Prowse, the Dutchman has an effective supply line to ensure chances are carved on the regular.
Austin’s asking price, believed to be as high as £15m, wouldn’t be an issue given the amount of money the Saints made selling star men 12 months ago, while the threat of relegation is non-existent too.
The chance to score frequently for a team that can expect to win more games than it loses makes St Mary’s a haven for a player in Austin’s position.