By Darren Bent

9th Jul, 2020 | 8:00pm

'Awful' - Exclusive: Darren Bent savages Leeds player who brings 'nothing to the table'

Darren Bent has urged Leeds United to take a financial hit to get out of signing Jean-Kevin Augustin after “an awful bit of business” bringing him to the club.

The former Derby County and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the Whites would save money by accepting a penalty fee and not turn his loan move into a full transfer.

As revealed by Football Insider earlier this week, Leeds could be forced to pay a significant penalty payment to RB Leipzig to wriggle out of the £18million obligatory purchase agreed in January.

Bent says that paying not to bring the Frenchman to Elland Road could actually be the best course of action for Leeds and that it would save them money in the long run.

“It was an awful bit of business because he barely played a minute,” Bent told Football Insider.

“Leeds are probably best off paying the penalty bonus and getting out of it because he’s going to cost them – it’s going to be a lot cheaper in the long run than keeping him.

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“I would do that – he’s not showing much, he’s not brought anything to the table, he’s not helping them get over the line so for me, I would definitely pay the penalty and get out of this deal.” 

Augustin managed to play just 48 minutes in three substitute appearances for Leeds, having signed on loan from Leipzig in January.

Patrick Bamford has been Marcelo Bielsa’s first-choice striker all season, keeping the likes of Eddie Nketiah and Augustin out the side.

In other Leeds United news, Bruce is stunned by “unprecedented” Elland Road transfer development.

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