'Phenomenal' – Exclusive: Pundit claims Leeds should ditch Augustin and sign 30yo PL ace instead
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Paul Robinson has said he thinks Leeds fans have seen the last of Augustin and that Victor Orta should look to sign Teemu Pukki instead.
Augustin’s loan deal has expired and his time at Leeds has been poor, with just 48 minutes of action and no goals.
Pukki, 30, has scored 11 goals for struggling Norwich in the Premier League this season but six of those came in the first five games in a blistering start for the Finnish international.
He hasn’t scored since January but Robinson believes that he is a goal-scorer with a “phenomenal” work rate who would be ideally suited to Marcelo Bielsa’s system.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “I don’t think we’ll see Augustin again in a Leeds shirt. The deal expired on Tuesday, he’s injured again and we don’t even know if he’s in the country or not. We don’t know where he is.
“But he’s certainly not going to play a part this season. There’s no place for him in the squad and you don’t want any players in there that aren’t 100%.
“I still think Pukki would be a smart signing given how Leeds play under Marcelo Bielsa, with one striker.
“Pukki’s work rate is phenomenal. He’s not just become a bad striker overnight because he’s not scoring.
“He’s proved he can score goals and you have to look at the team that he’s playing for at the moment and how many chances they’re creating.
“It will be frustrating for him. You’ve got nine players behind you that you’re relying on to create chances. If they’re not coming you’ll struggle to score goals.
“I think he’s a good player. You don’t become a bad player in half a season. It’s his work rate and how he hassles defenders… and he’s proved he can score goals.
“The way Leeds play with one upfront it would really suit Pukki.”
Pukki scored 29 goals in 43 games in the 18/19 Championship, firing Norwich into the Premier League.
They haven’t been able to kick on and look almost certain to be relegated.
If that happens Pukki could well look at a move and Leeds in the Premier League would surely be sorely tempting.
We’d love to see him at Elland Road, despite the fact that he’s just turned 30.
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