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Jean-Kevin Augustin: Profile of Leeds United's new signing

Jean-Kevin Augustin

Jean-Kevin Augustin has been starved of game time. Only two starts in Ligue 1 since his loan move to Moncao from Leipzig, with no goal contributions. The Germans are not happy with his treatment and that had sparked the possibility of a recall.

But he won’t return to Saxony. Instead, he has just swapped the Riviera for Roundhay Park. Leeds United have completed the loan move. Nottingham Forest and a few others were interested but it looks like the pull of Bielsa has worked once again. Now, let’s have a look at what they may be getting…

Jean-Kevin Augustin – Style of Play

Pace and a dynamic dribbling skillset that fired him onto the scene for PSG, Jean-Kevin Augustin has honed his finishing in recent years, making him a more complete player than his time at the French champions. Now, with a loan move completed, we could see one of the best players to ever play in the Championship. How we can only hope.

We have seen plenty of forwards come through over the years, and Augustin is one of the more exciting variants. Capable of long, direct runs, he scares the defence to pieces and will prove difficult to manage on a Saturday. Able to play both out wide and as a lone striker, Bielsa has picked his new signing well…

Augustin is a strange case. When you watch him live, you think it’s only a matter of time before he’s a regular in a top, top side. But it’s his inconsistency that really kills the 22-year-old. That’s where Leeds come in.

With such little game time, statistics are hard to come by. Instead, we have included this video to help you make your own mind up about what kind of play JKA can be.

What is clear is that Jean-Kevin Augustin’s ability on the ball exceeds the quality of the Championship. What’s more, it looks as though his head is in the right place. When you’re a 22-year-old that has featured on a reasonably regular basis in the Champions League, the second tier of English football seems like a step down. But, Augustin is rumoured to be rejuvenated by the prospect of the move and the highly competitive environment of the Championship could be just what he needs.

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