It all sounds promising, but with one key problem.
He might not be given the opportunity to showcase his talents because Marcelo Bielsa is as stubborn as a mule and seems to be flat out refusing to drop Patrick Bamford, so let’s see who wins this particular battle.
With lots of Leeds United fans clamouring for Jean Kevin-Augustin to be given more game time at Elland Road, one former marksman has piled some high praise on the Frenchman as Leeds prepare to take on Reading this weekend.
Speaking to Football Insider, believes that once he manages to get odd the mark for the club, the rest of the goals should start to creep into his game on a more regular basis:
“Unfortunately, he needs to hit the ground running because it is an area that has been a concern for Leeds this season and you cannot rely on midfielders and defenders to score the goals. He and Bamford have to step up. He needs to get off the mark as soon as he can and being an ex-striker I know what a relief that is, it would give him huge confidence. If he can do that he can be the difference in terms of getting Leeds over the line.”
However, as I’ve already hinted at earlier, and Bielsa is demonstrating with his lack of faith by not giving him many minutes, it’s going to be hard to see where these goals are going to come from on a regular basis whilst he’s being used primarily as a substitute.
It’s the Eddie Nketiah situation all over again, just when you thought he’d finally broken into the team with his display against Barnsley, he gets dropped back to the bench once again and the momentum gets lost instantaneously.
Should Augustin start vs Reading on Saturday?
No, from the bench
Whilst I have some faith that Augustin will go down as a good signing for the club, if he doesn’t get the chance to prove himself on a consistent basis, then all he’s going to go down for is a bust of a transfer, especially if Leeds don’t get promoted off the back of his lack of minutes.