MOT View: New player likely to lead Leeds line in 20/21 after striker reportedly agrees terms
Leeds United are on the brink of promotion to the Premier League, although all football is currently suspended in the UK.
If the season resumes – which we’re sure it will – and Leeds go on to secure passage to the top flight, they will have a new striker in the summer.
We knew that Leeds had an obligation to sign Jean-Kevin Augustin if they got promoted.
However, it was reported on Wednesday that Augustin has also agreed terms of the deal with Leeds.
That was the only unknown in the deal – with Leeds Live journalist Beren Cross saying it was unlikely Augustin would agree terms after his lack of game time – and it means that promotion will seal the deal, said to be worth £18.5m (€21m).
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We think Augustin will lead the line in the Premier League
We’ve been staunch defenders of Patrick Bamford this season but, with all the will in the world, we don’t think he can lead the line for Leeds in the Premier League.
His record there isn’t good – he’s only scored one goal in 27 appearances in the top flight for Burnley, Norwich, Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough.
We do think there’s a place in the squad for him but he might well prefer to find regular football elsewhere and the Championship is probably his level.
Augustin is potentially a different calibre of player.
He was heralded as a player of the future when he was at Paris Saint-Germain and while his potential hasn’t materialised yet, who better to tease out his talent than Marcelo Bielsa?
Bielsa is said to be a huge fan and if Augustin can get fit and ready for the start of next season and Leeds get promoted, we think the 22-year-old will be the new number one striker at Elland Road.
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