The new name on everyone’s lips at Leeds United is Jean-Kevin Augustin.
The 22-year-old former France Under-21 striker was destined for big things early on in his career.
He moved to PSG way back in 2009 as an 11-year-old and progressed through the youth ranks with them before getting promoted to the senior squad four years ago.
He made 31 appearances for them but only scored two goals and he was sold to Red Bull Leipzig for £14.4m in 2017.
He scored 20 goals in 67 games for them but was moved out on loan to Monaco last summer, with the French side paying a considerable £3.6m loan fee to sign him.
Augustin wasn’t a success there either and he’s only scored twice in 31 games.
Now a move to Leeds looks like it could be on, with Phil Hay saying that there was mutual admiration between the player and Marcelo Bielsa.
On Augustin, yet to hear if a deal’s been done but he wants to come and his agent has been working on getting him out of Monaco. Not getting games there. Mutual admiration between Bielsa and Augustin. @TheAthleticUK
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) January 25, 2020
Augustin would be a gamble into the unknown but what exactly would they be getting?
Our favourite stats site All Stats Aren’t We are effusive about Augustin, saying, “People asking for our opinion on Jean-Kevin Augustin.
“His profile is similar to Bamford’s. He’s good on the ball. Good control. More explosive movement than Bamford and a better finisher (ahem). He’s also got decent interception numbers so he will fit into Bielsa system well per positioning off the ball.
“It makes a lot of sense that Bielsa likes him. This guy should be in the squad of a top-six Premier League side probably… so yeah… We’re high on him.”
Top stats Twitter account MRKT Insights are also hot on Augustin.
They say, “Jean-Kevin Augustin certainly fits the type of player Bielsa wants playing upfront. The 2017-18 season was when he last played regularly, so here’s a comparison between him and Bamford of 19-20. Apparently, JKA can finish from a similar quality of shots!”
They included comparison plots with Bamford.
Finally, BA Analytics, another respected stats account on Twitter were also very complimentary about Augustin.
They said, “We’ve liked Jean-Kevin August for some time… This is a huge coup for Leeds. What does he do well/differently to Bamford? Well, he attacks space and defenders more in 1v1 situations via his much better dribbling, he’s quicker and more direct.
“Funnily enough they both have a similar chance quality in this comparison but Augustin more clinical from those chances which will be music to Leeds’ fans ears!
“Buildup wise similar, Augustin again more direct and can open play up more in terms of goal involvement.”
They say the only weakness is duels and physical strength – and holding up the play is the main reason why Bielsa likes Bamford so much.
Taking all of these assessments together, you can see why Bielsa rates him and why Leeds fans are excited by him.
Can he do it on a cold, wet Tuesday night away at Brentford, though?
Leeds fans might well be about to get a chance to find out.
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