Clinton Morrison has told Sky Sports (broadcast on 15/2; 17:17) that Jean-Kevin Augustin looked massively unfit during Leeds United’s 1-0 victory over Bristol City on Saturday.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side could have hardly wished for a better day in the Championship. The Whites were the only side in the top eight to win their game, with Luke Ayling settling their clash with the Robins.
Unsurprisingly, Leeds dominated the game. And they had the chances to put the contest to bed by half-time. Unfortunately for the Elland Road faithful, those opportunities were not taken.
With 15 minutes remaining, Bielsa decided to replace Patrick Bamford with Augustin. Bamford had been excellent for the large majority of the game, but he did squander a brilliant chance during the second-half.
Augustin could not add to the scoreline either. The Frenchman had one effort on goal which found the side-netting, but he was fairly quiet after coming on.
And after watching the game, Morrison suggested that he still looks some way short of being ready to make an impact in the promotion race.
“No, not really,” he told Sky Sports when asked whether Augustin made an impression.
“He does look unfit. He looks massively unfit. He tried his best. He had one chance, played in by Phillips and he hit the side-netting.
“They’re going to need Augustin and Bamford to start scoring more regularly. And not just the strikers though, the wide-men as well, Harrison and Costa. Costa had two great chances today, he had a few chances in the week. He needs to start contributing to this team, but it was a comfortable victory for Leeds.”
TBR View – Morrison criticism of Augustin seems too harsh
There is no question that Augustin is still adapting and shaking off the rust after a quiet time at Monaco. But perhaps Morrison is being a little too harsh to suggest that he looked massively unfit.
He did get into good positions during his time on the pitch. And he was not too far away from doubling Leeds’s lead with the chance Morrison mentions.
It was an improvement on his cameo from the draw with Brentford in midweek. His struggles to get the ball under his spell at Griffin Park arguably highlighted his lack of game-time.
Despite the criticism, this seemed to be another small step forward for the January signing.