Football journalist Julien Laurens believes that new Leeds United signing Jean-Kevin Augustin can be a success in the Championship, labelling his switch to Elland Road as ‘a great coup’ for the Whites.
Augustin was confirmed as a Leeds player on Monday as Marcelo Bielsa brought in an additional striker to aid his side’s promotion bid before returning to the Championship summit with a win over Millwall in midweek as his new recruit watched on from the stands.
Speaking on TalkSPORT, Laurens noted how Augustin has made his name, including his time alongside Kylian Mbappe at junior international level with France before talking of the 22-year-old’s talent that he feels will be of great use to Leeds as they seek to secure promotion.
He said: “He won that Under-17 European Championship with Kylian Mbappe – scoring more goals than Mbappe in that tournament. [His] potential was always great, and not just because he’s a Paris born-and-bred kid like myself, but it was clear that the talent was there, [it] didn’t feel like he would have enough game time in Paris so he went to RB Leipzig.
“He had some good games there, some where he struggled a bit more – I think he had to gain maturity quickly and then he went to Monaco where things didn’t really work out – they sacked the manager who signed him. I think it’s a great coup for Leeds, he’s a fantastic player and I think he could do really well with Bielsa in the Championship.”
Laurens’ description of Augustin’s circumstances may explain why there is so much promise in a player who only scored once during his short-lived time at Monaco. His comments regarding Augustin’s talent also seem to hold true – with the striker netting 12 times for RB Leipzig as a 20-year-old in the 2017/18 season as nine of those strikes came in the German top-flight.
Augustin also displayed a prolific scoring knack at youth level, so there is every reason to believe he could yet cut it in the second tier despite no prior Championship experience. And having demonstrated his ability to settle at a new club as he did upon leaving Paris Saint-Germain, it seems he would be perfectly capable of doing it again – which is just as well given Leeds have put their faith in him in order to seal a Premier League passage.
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