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Paul Robinson has said that Jean-Kevin Augustin is a player that Marcelo Bielsa likes and that Leeds are obviously convinced he can deliver in the Premier League after agreeing an obligation to buy the striker.
The deal will cost Leeds a reported £18m – if promoted – for a player who hasn’t started yet for his new club.
Augustin wasn’t match fit when he arrived and subsequently picked up a hamstring injury.
If the Championship is abandoned and Leeds promoted, they might have to break their transfer record for a player who has yet to prove himself.
However, talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson claims that Leeds and Bielsa “obviously” rate him.
“He’s obviously a player the manager likes and they wouldn’t have put the clause in if he wasn’t a player they thought could deliver in the future,” Robinson said.
“Yes, we haven’t seen him start a game and when we have seen him in a Leeds shirt he’s looked a long way off, he hasn’t looked fit.
“Then he broke down and got injured. Maybe this is the perfect opportunity for him to get into shape if the season restarts.
“Leeds obviously rate him as they’ve put that clause in. However, £18m is a lot of money and Leeds don’t really know what they’re getting.”
It’s a case of ‘in Bielsa we trust’ here.
If Bielsa thinks that Augustin has what it takes in the Premier League we’re absolutely fine with spending the money on him.
We’re still hoping that the Championship does restart, though, giving the striker a chance to prove he’s worth the money before it gets paid to Leipzig.
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