Once he is fit and firing on all cylinders, Leeds United loanee Jean-Augustin could be worth up to £40million, according to The Athletic journalist Phil Hay.
Augustin, 22, joined the Whites on loan from RB Leipzig in January but has so far only made three appearances due to his lack of fitness, a hamstring injury and the coronavirus pandemic halting the season.
Leeds have an obligation to sign Augustin permanently for £18million if they win promotion to the Premier League.
But Hay has reported that the French striker could be worth over double that sum of money if he can rediscover his form at Elland Road.
“[The Athletic’s analyst Tom Worville] spoke to a recruitment analyst from a big club on the continent who said they were amazed that Augustin moved to Leeds in the Championship,” Hay said on The Phil Hay Show podcast.
“They knew he drifted a little bit with Leipzig in his second season and he didn’t play much at Monaco but they felt that for the obligation price of £18million, he was potentially a very good value signing.
“If he’s fit and he’s in form and if he’s scoring goals then you’re probably talking about a player who’s worth more like £30-40million.”
We have not seen much of Augustin so far.
All of his three appearances for Leeds have been as a late substitute and Patrick Bamford has remained at Marcelo Bielsa’s number one choice up front.
That is unlikely to change once the season gets back underway but Augustin is fit and looking as though he’s in very good shape to at least challenge Bamford for the No 9 role in Bielsa’s line-up.
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