Former Leeds United midfielder and now Sky’s resident EFL pundit, David Prutton, believes that the club have been incredibly clever with our January transfer window capture of former Paris Saint Germain striker Jean-Kevin Augustin.
The 22-year-old arrived on Monday and although his loan spell out with Monaco in the first half of the 2019/20 campaign wasn’t a great success with only one goal scored, he did only start four games for them, mostly being used as a substitute – but his overall goalscoring record at RB Leipzig is pretty decent really.
Having come in as Patrick Bamford’s competition, Prutton believes the previously extremely highly rated attacker will also help to get the best out of Bamford again and probably in a way that Eddie Nketiah couldn’t, given his own relative experience in the senior game.
Speaking to Sky’s EFL Podcast, Prutton explained.
“It’s certainly a lot for a Leeds fan to get excited about. I’m intrigued to see the way he fits into the way Bielsa wants to play football. He’s similar to Nketiah. If Leeds’ woes continue going forward, then Bielsa has got to seriously think about starting a player like that. The flip side of bringing in signings is how it might spur someone else on. Bamford might think he’s got to pull his finger out or Pablo Hernandez might think he’s the player to push them onto the next level. It’s, hopefully, good business all round.”
Time will tell of course, but Augustin certainly has the attributes required to impress and if he does, we all win, don’t we.
Will Augustin be a success at Elland Road?