By George Hartley

29th Dec, 2021 | 9:13am

Leeds United's big-money flop Augustin hits new low in France

Ex-Leeds United flop Jean-Kévin Augustin has played just 138 minutes in the French fourth tier for Nantes’ reserves this season. But what went wrong for the promising 24-year-old?

It’s no secret that Jean-Kévin Augustin’s career hasn’t turned out how most football experts expected.

With an ongoing transfer saga continuing to follow Leeds, the former forward’s plight was outlined today by LeedsLive.

The Frenchman, now 24, was once a promising young player at Paris Saint-Germain under Laurent Blanc and Unai Emery. But, with limited game time, the Parisian made his way to up-and-coming RB Leipzig.

A clever switch

The German newcomers were then coached by Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhüttl. His first season was impressive, finishing with 12 goals in all competitions under the Austrian manager.

However, under new coach Ralf Rangnick, now of course at Manchester United, Augustin didn’t quite hit the same heights.

This led to a loan move to AS Monaco back in Ligue 1. Augustin made a few appearances under Leonardo Jardim and Robert Moreno. However, his lack of minutes saw him cut his loan move short in January 2020.

His time at Elland Road didn’t go to plan to say the least. Augustin only clocked up a measly 48 minutes in a Leeds shirt. You would think Leeds would be keen to get rid of him at the first opportunity. And you’d be right.

However, it wasn’t to be so simple. It has since been reported that Leeds United’s loan move for Augustin featured an obligation-to-buy clause should the club be promoted to the Premier League. Lo and behold, Leeds achieved promotion that season.

Dilemma for Leeds

The loan deal’s clause meant that Leeds United became embroiled in a legal battle that is ongoing to this day.

RB Leipzig have come out on top so far with FIFA siding with the German club. But Leeds say that, due to COVID-19 delays, their promotion fell after Augustin’s loan had expired.

The case is continuing to cause problems for both clubs and is far from being resolved.

Augustin’s plight

It comes as a surprise to football fans that, at 24, Augustin is now a virtual unknown in the football world.

In October 2020, an agreement between RB Leipzig and Leeds United allowed French outfit Nantes to sign Augustin as a free agent. This was a chance for the Paris-born forward to put the past behind him and restart his career.

However, things still haven’t gone to plan. Having suffered from long-term side effects of COVID in early 2021, Augustin’s playing time dried up. The Frenchman managed three appearances and no goals for Nantes’ first-team.

Now fighting for his place in the Nantes’ reserve side, Augustin is languishing in France’s fourth tier.

At just 24, there is certainly still a way back for Augustin. But time will tell whether he can be anything close to what the football world expected.

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