Stuart Dallas casts verdict on Leeds United new boys Jean-Kevin Augustin and Ian Poveda

The new signings have already made an impression

Thursday, 30th January 2020, 9:59 am
Updated Thursday, 30th January 2020, 10:00 am
New Leeds United signing Jean-Kevin Augustin at Elland Road. (Pic: Bruce Rollinson)

Stuart Dallas has been highly impressed by new winger Ian Poveda in training at Thorp Arch, where Jean-Kevin Augustin has been given a new nickname.

Marcelo Bielsa has welcomed two new faces to his Leeds United squad in recent days, completing the club’s transfer business – the head coach revealing the Whites won’t be bringing in any more players in the final days of the transfer window.

Poveda joined the Argentine’s ranks late last week, making a permanent move from Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, before United unveiled their loan capture of RB Leipzig striker Augustin on Monday lunchtime.

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The 22-year-old has joined the West Yorkshire outfit until the end of the season, with Leeds holding an option to buy the Frenchman upon promotion.

Augustin is seen as a major coup for the club, having spent the first half of the campaign with Ligue 1 side Monaco, while Poveda is an England Under-20 international.

Dallas says it hasn’t taken long for the latter to make an impression on his new team-mates at Thorp Arch in his first days with the club.

“He’s quick,” said Dallas.

“He’s fast and direct. I’ve never seen a player take to a group so quick.

“He’s lively, he’s taken really well to the lads. It’s nice to welcome new faces.

“We did the murderball on Thursday or Friday and I was up against him. I found out how quick he was. He’s skilful, with two good feet.”

On other new signing, Augustin, the Northern Ireland international added: "It’s been well documented that people have been crying out for us to sign a striker. The club have done that.

“It’s a big boost, it gives us more strength in depth. The club have decided they want him and, hopefully, he’ll fit straight in.

“We’ve got a good group. We all know what it’s like. I’ve decided to call him ‘Big Kev’. We need to make him feel at home. It’s positive both new players wanted to come in.”