Kevin Phillips has called Jean-Kevin Augustin a “disaster” of a signing for Leeds United as it appears increasingly likely the striker will never for the club again.

The former Sunderland and Aston Villa striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed the significant loan fee paid for the 23-year-old coupled with his injuries make him a signing to forget.

German publication Kicker revealed that the Whites paid RB Leipzig £2.6million for the striker’s services until the end of the season.

Augustin has played just 48 minutes of football since joining which means the club have paid just over £54,000 per minute of action from the Frenchman – excluding wages.

Leeds were optimistic that the striker would be available when the season restarted last weekend but a recurrence of a hamstring injury early this month ended all hope.

When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the situation, Phillips said: “You would be hard not to say that it is a bad signing.

“I have been at clubs where the manager has made a disaster of a signing and the manager holds his hands up.

“However, you cannot blame Bielsa. Unfortunately he has picked up injuries and it has cost them dearly.

“Financially, especially with what is happening in football at the moment, to have spent that sort of money and not to have any return you would have to say it has been a disaster – there is no other word for it.”

Augustin’s absence restricts Marcelo Bielsa’s options up top with Patrick Bamford and Tyler Roberts the only senior strikers available.

The injury has led to calls for Under-23 striker Ryan Edmondson to be called up to the squad.

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