Marcelo Bielsa on why patience may be required with Jean-Kevin Augustin at Leeds United

Leeds United host Wigan Athletic in Championship action this afternoon at Elland Road

By Joe Urquhart
Saturday, 1st February 2020, 7:00 am
Updated Saturday, 1st February 2020, 10:49 am
Leeds United's Jean-Kevin Augustin arrives at Elland Road. (Pic: Bruce Rollinson)
Leeds United's Jean-Kevin Augustin arrives at Elland Road. (Pic: Bruce Rollinson)

Marcelo Bielsa has warned that patience will be required with new Leeds United signing Jean-Kevin Augustin.

The 22-year-old joined the Elland Road ranks on a loan deal until the end of the campaign from Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig on Monday having spent the first of the campaign with Ligue 1 side Monaco.

Augustin opted to make the switch to West Yorkshire in the winter transfer window after being sold on the project director of football Victor Orta presented him.

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He turned down other options - including rivals Manchester United - with Leeds holding an option to buy the highly-rated forward should the club be promoted to the Premier League this summer.

The former France Under-21s starlet could make his debut against Wigan Athletic this afternoon in Championship action having watched the Whites thrilling midweek comeback against Millwall from the stands.

Bielsa, though, has admitted that there will be a transition period in LS11 as Augustin adapts to the Whites style of play at Thorp Arch.

"It’s too soon to evaluate that," Bielsa said of how he had settled in so far.

"Also, it’s natural that the process of adaptation of one player is not going to be short. For our last experience that we have had, always it’s a process that lasts more than one month.

"He has played a few days ago, he’s a player that is well trained. 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."

Asked if Augustin could play alongside Patrick Bamford in his line-up in future, Bielsa added: "They can play together. What I cannot say is if this will happen or not."