Danny Mills claims that Leeds United striker Jean-Kevin Augustin would gain better preparation for first-team football from training sessions than under-23s matches. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Elland Road defender openly questioned how effective youth team matches would be for the Frenchman in his efforts to meet the high fitness standards set by Marcelo Bielsa.

The 22-year-old is still yet to have started a game since arriving in England, but has made three cameo appearances in Championship matches.

In lieu of senior action, Bielsa has allowed Augustin to feature regularly for the Whites’ reserve side, but Mills is unconvinced that this is the correct way of going about things.

He told Football Insider: “Realistically, the under-23 games, he can probably get better fitness in training, he’d probably get more sharpness and a bit more realism, I’m not sure how competitive those types of game can be for that type of player.

“He can work harder, he can get more about it and get that fitness, that sharpness that he would need. I think and under-23 game is more or less an endurance session. It won’t be anywhere near the intensity of a first-team game.”

Augustin struggled for game time this season even prior to joining Leeds, with just 10 appearances for AS Monaco in an underwhelming loan spell in Ligue 1 during the first half of the campaign.

The hitman has just one goal across 16 appearances in all competitions for both Leeds and Monaco so far this term.

In other Leeds United news, Mills believes Bielsa giving barely-seen Elland Road player special attention in training.