By David Woods

4th Feb, 2020 | 7:29am

'Have to let him go' – Clinton Morrison and Danny Murphy say the same thing about Leeds star

The big talk around Leeds United during the January window was who was going to sign to replace Eddie Nketiah. 

The big talk since Jean-Kevin Augustin signed has been why he wasn’t in the Leeds squad to face Wigan, a game Leeds ended up losing 1-0.

That was also the topic of conversation on the Jim White Show on Monday (talkSPORT, 12.30pm).

Clinton Morrison and Danny Murphy both made the same point – that Leeds shouldn’t have signed a striker who wasn’t ready to go and if he is ready he should play, with Murphy saying Leeds “have to let him go to shake the cobwebs off”.

“I think he’s a good striker, Leeds have a really good one there,” Morrison said. “Why sign a player if he’s not going to be ready for a month? He needs to get going now.

“Leeds are in a struggle at the moment. I watched the game on Saturday and Leeds created loads of chances and it was smash and grab but they need someone to finish the chances.

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“Leeds have Forest and Brentford and the next two games will define their season. They need Jean-Kevin Augustin up and firing for these games.”

Murphy agreed saying, “I don’t know enough about Bielsa to make an opinion, but so many people say good things about him and he’s obviously a very intelligent man.

“However, if you need a striker in the January window and you need goals then get someone in who’s ready to play. Fair enough if the player says he needs a week but if he says he’s ready let him crack on.

“You have to let him go to shake the cobwebs off. The adrenaline will get him through like the new signing for Tottenham [Steven Bergwijn] who scored against the champions of England.”

To be fair to Bielsa and to Augustin, the striker only signed last Monday and was only ever likely to make the bench on Saturday.

He was named in the starting XI for Leeds Under-23s against Sheffield Wednesday on Monday and played the first 45 minutes, suffering a scare when he took a blow to the foot on the stroke of half time.

He was treated on the pitch but hobbled off at half time and was subbed off in what was a planned change by Leeds.

He didn’t look too sharp but he’s got another week of training to prove he should be on the bench for the massive game against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

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