Leeds United confirmed on Wednesday that Jean-Kevin Augustin’s loan spell at Elland Road has ended without it being extended until the end of the season.
Leeds signed Augustin, 22, on loan from RB Leipzig in January and the German club believe that they struck an agreement with the Whites that obliges them to sign the striker permanently if they win promotion to the Premier League.
However Augustin’s played just three times since signing on loan and has completely failed to get to the level of fitness that Marcelo Bielsa wanted him to get at.
Leeds now have to try and find some kind of loophole to get themselves out of triggering that permanent option to sign Augustin, especially as promotion seems so likely.
LeedsLive have now reported something which suggests that Leeds are almost resigned to keeping hold of Augustin if they go up.
It is understood that even though he hasn’t been deemed fit enough to play and the decision to not extend his loan was likely made before Tuesday, the Frenchman was still training at Thorp Arch and trying to regain his fitness hours before his temporary deal expired.
Why would Leeds let him train at Thorp Arch – and why would Augustin want to train there – if the club had no intention of signing him?
It seems that Leeds might have realised there is nothing they can do to stop Augustin joining them permanently if they do win promotion so are trying to get him up to the level he needs to be at for next season.
Augustin has been left in limbo by his loan deal at Leeds ending because he’s now stuck in a massive grey area between the Whites and Leipzig.
The best he can do is prove to both clubs why they should want him, otherwise things could get very messy indeed.
In other Leeds United news, Bielsa has explained why Gaetano Berardi was hooked off not long after being substituted on against Luton.