Former Leeds United goalkeeper Paul Robinson has shared his doubts over Whites’ January signing Jean-Kevin Augustin, claiming that believes it will take him two weeks to settle in under Marcelo Bielsa.
Leeds signed Augustin on loan from RB Leipzig in the January transfer window until the end of the season, with the 22-year-old having seen a spell at Monaco cut short to make way for his move to West Yorkshire.
Augustin failed to do much of note at Monaco this season, making just two starts and just eight substitute appearances in Ligue 1.
The Frenchman was on the books of Paris Saint-Germain from 2015 until 2017, but he could not establish himself in the first team and joined Leipzig in 2017.
However, last season, Augustin was able to start just four times in the league and played 13 times as a substitute, scoring three goals in the process.
Former Leeds goalkeeper Robinson has raised his doubts over the striker, telling MOT Leeds News: “I wasn’t surprised that he wasn’t on the bench against Wigan. He’s a calculated risk, got a great CV, but there’s another side to him.
“PSG signed him, then got rid of him. Leipzig signed him and got rid of him. So there’s a reason at 22 he’s ended up at Leeds United.
“Playing Bielsa’s way you have to be really fit to play the way he wants. I think it will take him a couple of weeks to get used to it.
“He only started two games for Monaco, came on as a sub in eight, only scored one goal. So, for the manager to get the best out of him there’s no way he was going to throw him straight in.
“I fear he’s not as match fit as he needs to be. I don’t know how far off he is but Bielsa will not put his players in the team unless they’re 100% ready to do exactly what he wants.”
Leeds are second in the Championship table with 55 points from 30 matches, a point behind leaders West Bromwich Albion.
The West Yorkshire outfit, who lost to Wigan Athletic last weekend, return to action on Saturday evening when they take on Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.
Augustin did not play in the match against Wigan, but the striker will hope to make his debut against Forest having played for the Leeds Under-23 side against their Sheffield Wednesday counterparts on Monday.