Leeds United’s loan move for Red Bull Leipzig starlet Jean-Kevin Augustin is complete, the club confirmed on Monday.
The Whites have been extensively linked with several strikers this month, after Eddie Nketiah’s departure back to Arsenal left Marcelo Bielsa with only Patrick Bamford to rely on up front. Che Adams and Andre Gray have been continuously linked with moves to Elland Road, but Augustin will be the man to come in and compete with Bamford.
According to Phil Hay, the player and his agent flew to Leeds on Sunday evening and he had a medical on Monday morning, and the move is now confirmed as a six-month loan with the option to become permanent this summer. Augustin, 22, can play various positions, but spends the majority of his time as an out and out centre-forward, per Transfermarkt. He will wear the number 29 shirt.
Augustin has endured a horrific loan spell at Monaco this season, playing just 262 minutes in Ligue 1 and scoring only once in all competitions, but his previous campaigns suggest he could be quite the coup for Leeds. Per Whoscored, he scored three times in just four Bundesliga starts last term with Leipzig and also netted twice in six Champions League showings.
There is also no shame in the fact he has not played consistently for Leipzig, as his competition up front is superstar striker and Germany international Timo Werner, who currently has 20 Bundesliga goals after grabbing 16 last campaign. Augustin is quick, direct, impressively strong for his size and presses well from the front – in his best season at Leipzig he boasted 0.6 tackles per game, the same number as Bamford this term, suggesting he can lead the line and do the dirty work Bielsa demands.
He also appears to be an upgrade on Nketiah – Augustin’s best season in a Leipzig shirt came as a 20 year-old in the 2017/18 campaign when he racked up 12 goals and six assists. Nketiah, 20, only has eight goals and one assist in his entire senior career.
Whether or not the youngster proves clinical enough to become a consistent goalscorer remains to be seen, but given supporters are already comparing him to Dwight Yorke and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, the injection of positivity alone this signing will bring could be worth the hassle. His arrival improves the quality of the squad, drives Bamford to perform better and adds another talented, pacy option up front – a perfect January signing.
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