Alex Bruce has admitted that he will be “very surprised” if Leeds United choose to pay a club record fee for loanee striker Jean-Kevin Augustin this summer.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Hull City defender claimed that the Whites have not seen enough from the 22-year-old since he arrived at Elland Road to justify spending a large fee on him in the coming months.
According to German outlet Bild, United will be obliged to pay his parent club RB Leipzig £17.7 million to secure his services on a permanent basis if they gain promotion to the Premier League.
But Bruce is not entirely convinced the forward is worth that amount of money – especially based on the limited game time he has had in England.
Since arriving in the Championship, he has registered three outings for the Whites, totalling just 48 minutes.
Speaking to Football Insider, Bruce said: “If they get into the Premier League and he’s only made three appearances, I’d be very surprised if they go and smash their transfer record to bring him in.
“It’d be a little bit unusual.
“There’s only one man who really knows though, and that’s Marcelo Bielsa. He watches him every day in training, he’ll see what kind of attributes he’s got and whether he can improve him.
“We’ll just have to watch this space.”
Augustin has yet to score for United, and has struggled for match fitness at Elland Road.
He spent the first half of the season on loan at AS Monaco, where he scored just one goal in 13 appearances across all competitions.
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