Danny Mills suggested Jean-Kevin Augustin can give Leeds United “the edge” over their promotion rivals if he returns fully fit.
The former Leeds and Manchester City full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted those that return to training tomorrow in good shape could be “the difference” when the season resumes.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side return to training tomorrow in small groups ahead of a proposed resumption of fixtures on 12 June.
As revealed by Football Insider, January recruit Augustin, 22, has coaches excited having physically transformed during the mid-season break and is now expected to make a major impact when the season resumes.
A hamstring injury and fitness doubts had restricted the French striker to just 48 minutes of football in a Leeds shirt since arriving in January.
When asked by Football Insider if the positive noises coming out of Thorp Arch could be a gamechanger when the season resumes, Mills said: “If you have used this time wisely, you have got your base fitness to where it needs to be.
“What else have players had to do in this time? It is their job.
“If they have been clever they have used this time wisely to their benefit.
“The difference will be who can get up to speed quickest and who has looked after themselves the best over the lockdown period. That might just give Leeds the edge of being a week, ten days ahead of everybody else.”
Augustin signed on loan from RB Leipzig and his deal is expected to be extended until the completion of the 2019/20 campaign.
Leeds can complete a deal on a permanent basis if they agree personal terms with the forward in the summer.
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