We finally know which striker is going to act as Eddie Nketiah’s replacement after Leeds United confirmed the arrival of Jean-Kevin Augustin on loan from RB Leipzig.
The Whites have got their man, but is he the right player to bring in? There’s certainly a debate to be had.
On one hand, this is a 22-year-old who has already scored nine Bundesliga goals in a single season despite his career being in its infancy, but on the other hand, this is a striker who has scored just once over the past 12 months.
The Frenchman is used to playing at a higher level than the Championship with the majority of his appearances have been in both Ligue 1 and the German top-flight, but his recent form doesn’t paint the best picture of him as a player.
The Yorkshire club remain three points clear of third place in the Championship, and they’ll be hoping that this addition will help them clinch an automatic promotion spot come the end of the season.
So, will he prove to be a good signing? We asked our team of writers to give their verdicts.
“This is a very wise move from Orta and co. It’s a calculated risk and one that Leeds simply needed to take. There will always be doubts about any incoming at Elland Road – it didn’t work out for one of Arsenal’s brightest talents, so why would any other player get a chance?
“Jean-Kevin Augustin also comes with a very underwhelming record, scoring just once all season for former loan club Monaco in Ligue 1.
“However, Bielsa needs depth behind Bamford and this presents a mutual opportunity for all parties. The 22-year-old is only on loan, and Leeds have the option to sign him on their part, so if he spearheads them to promotion it’s a win-win as he’ll be regarded as a bargain. If they falter again? He goes back to RB Leipzig at very little cost. It could be a masterstroke from Orta and Bielsa.”
“At just 22-years-old, Jean-Kevin Augustin still has plenty of room to grow, but he is not the answer for Leeds’ promotion desires this season.
“The Frenchman hasn’t proven himself to be a prolific goal-scorer, with his total of 12 goals in the 2017/2018 campaign whilst with RB Leipzig being his highest amount over the course of a full season.
“Marcelo Bielsa desperately needed a more sure-fire option to lead them into the Premier League next year, not a gamble. Augustin has scored just once in 13 appearances across all competitions this campaign and is no doubt low on confidence because of it.
“Leeds can’t afford to wait for the striker to find his feet in English football and rediscover his mojo in front of goal. Victor Orta has made a grave mistake.”
“I simply can’t believe Orta has got this one over the line. Augustin is a player with Champions League experience under his belt and a glitzy highlights reel showcasing some sharp finishing and electric play in and around the box – his record of 35 goals in 131 career outings also isn’t terrible for a 22-year-old.
“Additionally, with five goals in nine appearances for France’s U21 side, this is a player who may arguably be too good for the Championship, given the fact that Everton, Leicester, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace have previously expressed an interest in him.
“His rapid pace and desire to get his shots off as quickly as possible represents a wonderful Plan B to Patrick Bamford, enabling Marcelo Bielsa to have another wonderful squad option in his armoury and one who could well terrorise defences enough to fire Leeds into the Premier League.
“Leeds can pat themselves on the back after completing this eye-catching transfer deal.”
“I can’t help but feel like this is the wrong type of signing for Leeds United. The Whites are seriously underperforming their xG this term, and that means that the one thing they need is a clinical finisher, and Augustin is anything but that.
“The Frenchman may have shown promise a few years ago, but with just one goal in the past 12 months it’s hard to say that he’s shown signs of being able to rediscover that form
“Yes, the Championship may be a step down in quality in terms of opposition, but the nets stay the same size, and if Augustin can’t find the back of them he’ll prove to be a waste of time.”