Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has suggested in his pre-Nottingham Forest press conference that the club might have to be patient with January signing Jean-Kevin Augustin (Leeds Live).
The 22-year-old signed for the Whites during the January transfer window and played 45 minutes for the under-23s earlier this week.
On loan from RB Leipzig, the striker is expected to take the Championship by storm.
Bielsa, however, has implied that there is a reason that Leeds have been able to get Augustin to Elland Road.
He told Leeds Live: “Augustin is a player with a lot of impact. He has a lot of skill. You can realise about that for how much he goes, how much he was sold and bought for and the teams he played for.
“But Kevin, in the last eight months has played just three full matches. So when one player in this period plays just three full matches the conclusion about his fitness is clear.”
A staggering press conference which lasted 59 minutes and involved five questions being asked by the media, will leave Leeds supporters perhaps with more questions than answers.
The overriding feeling is that Augustin will make his debut only when Bielsa feels that his fitness levels are at the required level.
The Argentine boss was adamant that the Frenchman can be a big player during the team’s run-in.
He continued: “A player of his level, with his background, his skills, his characteristics, if he was playing, he’s a player that costs £30-40m. You know that. Everyone knows that.
“So if he arrives here without us paying this money, it’s because he has to resolve one problem that is that he wasn’t playing.”
TBR View – Augustin will still play his part between now and May
Despite the bizarre nature of Bielsa’s press conference, he does make some good points.
Augustin hasn’t arrived at a club that is struggling for results, in need of some real quality to fire them up the league.
He has come into a squad where his main competitor for a place has 12 goals this season and Bielsa isn’t just going to drop Patrick Bamford.
What Leeds do have now is a striker capable of coming into the team should Bamford pick up any niggling injuries between now and May.
As a different option, of course, Augustin is going to play a part in the run-in.
His lack of football needs addressing and after another couple of outings for the under-23s, the Frenchman will be raring to go.