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Paul Robinson believes Marcelo Bielsa is going to give new striker Jean-Kevin Augustin his first senior start against Brentford tonight.
Augustin came on as a substitute for the last 20 minutes in the defeat to Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
He didn’t feature for the Under-23s on Monday and Robinson thinks that signals that he will start ahead of Patrick Bamford at Griffin Park tonight.
It would be a huge change for Marcelo Bielsa to make – Bamford has started every game bar one when he’s been fit this season.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “Bielsa hasn’t got many options. His squad’s not big enough to start taking players in and out.
“The players that he’s got are performing for him but if Augustin’s fit, he plays him tonight. I think they’ve signed him for a reason.
“They’ve dominated games without scoring. Patrick Bamford’s scored a couple but he needs a lot of chances to score his goals.
“I think if Augustin’s fully match fit we’ll see him come into the side. The system won’t change, the system will stay the same because even though results haven’t been great, performances have been okay.
“I think Augustin will be given a chance. He came on against Forest after 71 minutes and he didn’t play for the Under-23s on Monday. I think he needs a chance because that’s the reason that they signed him.”
Marcelo Bielsa gave a downbeat assessment of Augustin’s fitness in his press conference on Monday but he said the situation is very fluid.
Something needs to change for Leeds and even if Augustin plays for 45 minutes with Patrick Bamford getting the second half, it could kick the side into action.
Augustin has the skills to score goals and that’s what Leeds need. We think it’s worth a risk.
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