Date: 28th February 2020 at 7:00am
Written by: Zak Roome

Vast corners of the Leeds United fanbase have been reacting on social media after The Athletic’s Phil Hay claimed that Kalvin Phillips and Jean-Kevin Augustin are doubts to face Hull City this Saturday.

Neither Phillips nor Augustin were able to play a part in boss Marcelo Bielsa’s plans away to Middlesbrough on Wednesday night, with the academy product sidelined after sustaining a knock against Reading while the RB Leipzig loanee sat out with a hamstring strain.

Augustin’s issue is expected to keep him from featuring at the weekend when we travel to the KCOM Stadium, in what would be the forward’s third successive Championship game without any minutes to his name.

Phillips is listed as a doubt to face the Tigers on Saturday, having failed a fitness test on Wednesday morning that ensured he could play no part in our 1-0 win at the Riverside Stadium.

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Augustin has managed to play just 48 minutes of Championship football over three outings since joining the club on loan last month, in a €2million (£1.6m) temporary deal that features a €21m (£17.8m) obligation to buy dependent on promotion.

That investment has so far returned an average of just 0.3 shots per game, plus 4.7 touches, 1.7 accurate passes, 1.0 duels won, 1.0 possession lost and 0.3 fouls, per Sofa Score.

The potential absence of Phillips at Hull has sparked far more concern among the United faithful, having witnessed the club lack the same control in possession against Middlesbrough as we usually do when the 24-year-old is on the field.

Bielsa’s Whites recorded a 57% share of the ball at the Riverside Stadium, while Boro managed to fashion 14 shots to our 12 but thankfully missed the target with half of their total strikes and failed to beat Kiko Casilla with either of their two shots on target.

Ben White stood in at defensive midfield for Phillips, but won just one of three ground duels, three of six aerial duels, was dribbled past twice, made one successful tackle, two interceptions, misplaced 37% of his passes (7/19), made no accurate long passes (0/2) and lost possession nine times.

Here are some of the messages shared as fans reacted to Hay’s pre-Hull injury update…

In other Leeds United news, a former Whites star has rued the club’s failure to land a 23y/o in January.

 
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