Leeds United have finally replaced Eddie Nketiah with the loan signing of Jean-Kevin Augustin.
At face value, replacing a man who has played just 40 senior games in his career with a player who has played Champions League football and almost hit double figures in the Bundesliga in 2017/18 seems like a good move, but when you dig a bit deeper into the pair’s stats it seems as though Leeds may have downgraded a little bit.
The first thing to note is that Nketiah has done one thing that Augustin hasn’t this season – he’s scored a league goal. It’s never the best sign when your new striker hasn’t netted in the league in over a year, but it only gets worse.
Augustin is getting into positions to score goals and has 2.4 shots per 90 mins, and while that’s 0.6 less than Nketiah there’s no excuse for not finding the net when you’re shooting that often.
One thing that was noted during the Arsenal man’s time at Elland Road was his hold-up play. Indeed, the 20-year-old wasn’t as good as Patrick Bamford when it came to keeping hold of the ball, and it shows in his stats as he was dispossessed 2.2 times per 90 mins.
Unfortunately, Augustin isn’t much better in that department – being dispossessed of possession 2.1 times per 90.
A Bielsa striker also needs to be a creative force with the Argentine’s system somewhat reliant on the wingers bursting into the box and midfielders making late runs.
Unfortunately, United’s new man lacks in creativity, failing to make a single key pass all season, while Nketiah is averaging 0.9 per 90.
Add into that the fact that Augustin is often dribbling to no end and failing to make anything happen, and it seems as though Leeds have downgraded by swapping the 20-year-old for the RB Leipzig man.