Marcelo Bielsa on Championship top spot, tight-lipped on chances of a Jean-Kevin Augustin Leeds United debut against Wigan Athletic

Leeds United’s status as Championship leaders is no source of satisfaction for head coach Marcelo Bielsa ahead of a clash with relegation zone dwellers Wigan Athletic.

Saturday, 1st February 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Saturday, 1st February 2020, 7:00 am
Championship leaders Leeds United host Wigan Athletic today at Elland Road (Pic: Getty)

The Whites returned to the summit with their 3-2 win over Millwall in midweek, but Bielsa will only celebrate their league position if they reside in the top two come the end of the season.

“We all know the most important is how we finish the competition,” he said.

“Every point we get is one step forward regarding our objective. So we cannot anticipate every sensation, every feeling regarding the step the team is giving. It’s not time to be satisfied.

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“There is one reason to be happy and that is achieving our objective.

“After the achievement we have in the same period, we can comment.”

Wigan had a win of their own on Tuesday night, beating Sheffield Wednesday 2-1.

Bielsa focuses more on their most recent form than their place in the table – 22nd now thanks to three points against the Owls.

“It’s a team which does not have a good position in the table, but they are in a positive moment of the competition,” he said.

“They have a regular base in their team. A lot of players of theirs continue from last season. They won important matches. We have all the arguments to know we will not face a simple, easy match.”

Since Tuesday’s thrilling victory over the Lions, Bielsa has had a chance to work with new signing Jean-Kevin Augustin, the Frenchman signed on loan from RB Leipzig on Monday morning.

But Bielsa was tight-lipped on whether or not Augustin will make his debut.

“He has played a few days ago, he’s a player that is well trained,” said Bielsa.

“He has good physical condition, natural physical condition, very good. But when you have to adapt to one team it depends on more than that. It depends on other factors.”