Ex-Leeds United goalkeeper Paul Robinson has backed striker Jean-Kevin Augustin to play a vital role in the club’s push for promotion when the season gets back underway.
Augustin has struggled to make an impact since cutting short a loan move from Leipzig to Monaco to join Leeds on a temporary basis back in the January transfer window, with the forward making just three substitute appearances for the Whites, failing to really make an impact in the Championship during those admittedly brief outings.
However, Leeds chief executive Angus Kinnear has recently claimed Augustin will be “critical” to the club when the season resumes, while reports from Football Insider have revealed that a number of Leeds’ coaches expect the 22-year-old to play a significant part in the conclusion to the season, following the work he has been doing during football’s suspension.
Reflecting on Augustin’s time at Leeds so far, and reacting to those claims about the striker, Robinson told MOT Leeds News: “Augustin has had a difficult start at Leeds. He came in, he wasn’t match fit, I think Bielsa knew that.
“On top of that, you’ve got to be Bielsa-fit and he wasn’t even match fit.
“This break has been absolutely ideal for him, it’s given him a chance to focus, it’s given the staff and manager a chance to develop a program for him that will get him to the level they want from him.
“He could be a really key player for Leeds between now and the end of the season if he can hit the ground running.”
Discussing the quality Augustin could offer for Leeds if he is able to get up to peak physical condition, Robinson continued: “The physical shape he is in now, the noises coming out of the club, he’s an undoubted talent, look at the clubs he’s been at…
“You don’t play for those clubs and for your country at the level he has if you’re not a talented player.
“He could really prove to be a key player for Leeds between now and the end of the season.”
With the hectic nature in which the campaign is likely to end meaning Leeds will need as many players fit and firing as possible as they look to secure promotion to the Premier League when the season gets back underway, these updates around Augustin can surely only be seen as a good thing by those associated with the club.
Indeed, with Leeds reportedly holding the option to buy Augustin for a fee of around £18million at the end of the season, you feel the striker will have to come up with something big in the final nine games of the campaign, if he is to secure an extended stay at Elland Road in the summer.