Speaking to Football Insider, former Leeds United forward Noel Whelan has urged the club not to snap up Jean-Kevin Augustin on a permanent deal whilst also suggesting that Marcelo Bielsa needs to sign three strikers in the summer.
Whelan, who scored seven goals in 29 league starts for Leeds from the early to mid-1990s (SoccerBase), now gives his view as a pundit – with the 45-year-old now imploring Bielsa not to sign loanee Augustin on a permanent deal whilst also lambasting striker Patrick Bamford’s potential credibility in the Premier League.
Indeed, if the Whites were to gain promotion at the end of this season, Whelan hints that the club need three more strikers in addition to Bamford – all the while stating that Augustin should not be one of them. The former RB Leipzig man, during his best season in the Bundesliga (2017/2018), averaged just 1.5 shots per game – with Bamford racking up 3.4 efforts every 90 minutes, by comparison, this season (WhoScored).
“I think it would be a big risk signing Augustin,” he told Football Insider.
“He is not going to do it next year in the Premier League, that would be too much for him. One game in eight months he has played.
“Patrick has done well this season and you can’t fault his work rate. But he is not going to be more prolific in the Premier League.
“We need more strikers, probably three in addition to Patrick. He is a good option, but I don’t see him as the main striker next season if we go up.”
Based off Whelan’s verdict, it could very well be a risk to sign Augustin on a permanent deal – especially considering the potential array of better options should Leeds secure a much-needed return to the top flight.
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