Speaking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, former Whites shot stopper Paul Robinson has had his say over January loan signing Jean-Kevin Augustin – with the retired ‘keeper stating that he has ‘got a lot to prove‘ two months into his temporary spell.
Augustin, who signed on loan for Marcelo Bielsa’s side back in January, is yet to start a game for the Whites and has made just three appearances for the club – with the 22-year-old currently stuck on the sidelines due to injury. Before joining Leeds in the transfer window, Augustin had been suffering injury issues elsewhere – with a report from Transfermarkt claiming that he missed three games for RB Leipzig at the very start of this season through fitness issues. The Frenchman spent the first half of this campaign on loan at AS Monaco, where he only managed to muster two Ligue 1 starts and play 260 minutes in total (WhoScored). As a result, even despite his fitness problems, Robinson has criticised the youngster’s start to life in Yorkshire – claiming he is currently ‘on trial‘.
“Should Leeds sign him on a permanent deal? It depends what league we’re in and how fit he gets himself between now and the end of the season,” explained Robinson to MOT Leeds News.
“I think basically he’s on trial between now and the end of the season. I don’t know the ins and outs of the deal and whether it’s an obligation – I wouldn’t have thought it would be.
“His career has been stop-start for a long time. He went to RB Leipzig and they farmed him out on loan to Monaco.
“He’s got a lot to prove and I’d say that between now and the end of the season he’s on trial for his career at Leeds.”
Even though it may be a bit too early to judge Augustin’s overall quality given his injuries and lack of minutes, Robinson could be correct in his verdict that the former Paris-Saint Germain prodigy needs to gain momentum upon his return.
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