Marcelo Bielsa has kept his cards close to his chest when asked about the future of Leeds United loanee Jean-Kevin Augustin in his post-match Luton press conference – as per Leeds Live.
Augustin, 23, has clocked up just three substitute appearances for Leeds since joining the club on loan from RB Leipzig in January. He has struggled with weight issues, and numerous hamstring problems.
Now, the France Under-21 international is on the verge of returning to the Bundesliga club. The Whites did not include his name alongside the loanees that will remain at Elland Road, in a recent statement.
However, suggestions on Twitter claim that Leeds have until Friday to make a decision on loanees – and while Augustin is now out of contract at Leeds today – he may still remain. Bielsa responded when asked about the striker.
“At the moment I have nothing to form on this. Training so far without any problem,” Bielsa said about Augustin. On whether he would like Augustin to stay, Bielsa said: “It’s a decision we will communicate when we take it.”
TBR’s view – Leeds dilemma, could Bamford display help?
It is a difficult one for Leeds. Augustin has proved in his short career he is a top striker, scoring goals for Leipzig, Monaco and PSG. But for a permanent fee in the region of £19million, Augustin is an expensive risk.
Bielsa is an admirer of Augustin and reckons the striker can become a £40million player. But he is yet to prove that at Elland Road. If Leeds go up, they must part with the £19million permanent fee.
They have the chance, now, to wave goodbye to Augustin instead of paying such a figure. Yes, it is a risk, but Bielsa’s faith and Patrick Bamford’s performance on Tuesday might just convince Leeds.