Leeds dodged an £18m bullet with “very skilful” dynamo, Radrizzani must be relieved – opinion

Leeds dodged an £18m bullet with “very skilful” dynamo, Radrizzani must be relieved – opinion

After signing him on loan until the end of the season back in January 2020, Leeds United would no doubt have been expecting big things from Jean-Kevin Augustin.

The former PSG starlet had been brought in as competition for Patrick Bamford as the Whites looked to clinch promotion back to the Premier League, and had already played in the Champions League and Europa League with RB Leipzig.

Ex-Leeds man Sol Bamba talked up Augustin’s ability following his move to Elland Road, saying: “Everyone knows he can finish. You’ve seen the videos of his goals but he’s creative as well and very skilful on the ball. He likes to get involved in the build-up.”

Sadly for both Augustin and Leeds, the Whites never really saw what the Frenchman could actually produce at the club.

He ended up playing just three times in the Championship, totaling a measly 48 minutes of football, scoring no goals and providing no assists – his only outings for the club all came in the month of February, when he featured against Nottingham Forest, Brentford and Bristol City.

So when things started heating up about Leeds having to pay around £18m to sign him permanently that summer on the understanding that they had an obligation to buy, it seemed like the Yorkshire club were heading for disaster.

In the end, the Whites were able to wave goodbye to Augustin without having to cough up that £18m, and judging by his awful campaign this year, they’ve well and truly dodged a bullet.

The 23-year-old has played even less minutes for new side Nantes than he did for Leeds, making just three appearances but this time only amounting to 33 minutes of football.

Reports back in December suggested that the French team had left Augustin out of their squad citing a lack of fitness, while just last month, Nantes manager Raymond Domenech made the startling admission that his striker is only operating at around 30 to 40 per cent.

Given how things have panned out for Augustin back in Ligue 1, Andrea Radrizzani will no doubt be relieved that he didn’t have to shell out big-money to sign the Frenchman on a permanent basis back in the summer.