When Leeds United signed Jean-Kevin Augustin on loan in January there was plenty of excitement about his arrival.
Leeds needed another goal-getting striker after Eddie Nketiah’s Arsenal recall and the RB Leipzig forward has a fine reputation as one of Europe’s top young strikers. It is that reputation that saw Leeds pay a reported (BILD) £1.7 million loan fee and agree a potential £17.7 million permanent fee for the end of the loan if Leeds are promoted.
However, it has not been an ideal experience in West Yorkshire so far for the player. A hamstring injury has not helped matters, but he was also clearly not up to Marcelo Bielsa’s high standards of fitness.
Augustin had barely played this season on a loan spell at Monaco and was therefore out of match practice. Bielsa demands an intense level of fitness from his players, which has seen plenty of the players in the Leeds United squad talk of the weight they have shed under the Argentine. Bielsa wants cross-country runners, not sprinters.
Augustin, by many other manager’s standards, arrived in fine condition but it became clear he was not up to Bielsa’s early on.
It left many Leeds fans wondering if they would ever see Augustin have a genuine impact at Elland Road this season.
Then the Championship was suspended by the global health crisis and Augustin was presented with an opportunity to get into Bielsa shape.
He has clearly done just that. Leeds United posted a video on Twitter of a rather lean looking Augustin going through his home workout regimen, as he bids to be ready for the return of football at Elland Road.
Augustin himself responded with a rather ironic ‘Big Kev’ response whilst several fans also noticed that the Frenchman was looking in much better condition.
Hopefully, it will result in goals when he finally gets back to playing for Leeds United.
💪🏿 Big Kev
— Jean-Kévin Augustin (@33_augustin) April 10, 2020
Lean mean fighting machine Kev now
— Ashleigh (@ashlaurenn_) April 10, 2020
Or not so Big Kev. Either way your Leeds United family love you 💙💛
— Jo Bedford 🐾 (@El_Loco_Jo) April 10, 2020
Mate you have lost some timburrrrr looking lean 💯👀👌🏼
— sophiewelsh (@SophieWelsh16) April 10, 2020
15 goals in 9 games, nailed on 👊🏻
— Dan Baillie (@TraineeGent) April 10, 2020
— harveylandau (@harveylandau1) April 10, 2020
I can’t wait to see you unleashed in a Leeds shirt!
— Anthony Lewis (@tonylewis92) April 10, 2020
Looking good, get them goals banged in n get us up
— Neil Pearson (@NeilPea56396945) April 10, 2020
Big kev looks bielsa fit! And ready to take leeds to the premier league!!!
— mole (@themole1987) April 10, 2020
Beast mode mate, hope you score a hatful in our final games…
Putting that work in love to see it kev 👍👍
— Grant gordon (@Grantgo59128696) April 10, 2020
— Sheila Holley (@SheilaHolley7) April 10, 2020