Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa says he currently has no information on the future of on-loan attacker Jean-Kevin Augustin, but that the player has been training with the club for the time being.
It has been a hugely frustrating spell for Augustin since he joined Leeds on loan from Leipzig in the January transfer window, with the forward making just three substitute appearances for the Championship promotion chasers.
Recent reports have suggested that the 23-year-old is set to miss the rest of the season with a recurrence of a hamstring problem, leaving his future at Elland Road very much up in the air.
Although there are still six games to be played this season, Augustin’s initial loan deal had been set to expire on Tuesday night, and it remains to be seen whether the Frenchman will remain at the club for the rest of the campaign.
Speaking in his post-match press conference after his side’s 1-1 draw with Luton on Tuesday, Bielsa was asked if he had made a decision on the future of Augustin on the final day of his loan deal, with the Argentine quoted by Leeds Live as saying: “At the moment I have nothing to inform about this. He was training so far without any problem.”
Bielsa was then questioned as to whether he would like Augustin to remain with the club for the rest of the season, with the Leeds boss simply responding: “It’s a decision that we will communicate when we take it.”
It will certainly be interesting to see how things play out with regards to Augustin in the next few days.
If he is not going to be fit for the rest of the season, then there does seem to be little point in keeping him at the club and paying his wages.
Were things to play out like that however, it would be a sad end to a spell that so many had expected so much from, and have to wonder what implications that could have for any talk of a permament move for Augustin – or any other potential deals – when we get to the summer transfer window.