Noel Whelan was left fuming by Marcelo Bielsa’s decision to overlook new Leeds United signing Jean-Kevin Augustin against Wigan Athletic.

The former United forward and lifelong fan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed the French striker could have “made the difference” in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Elland Road.

However, the 22-year-old, who has joined the Whites on loan until the end of the season from Red Bull Leipzig, was made to wait for his debut by Marcelo Bielsa.

Augustin spent the first half of this season on loan at AS Monaco but struggled to make an impact in his 13 appearances.

When asked if the France youth international should have featured against The Latics, an angry Whelan explained why he was baffled by Bielsa’s selection.

He told Football Insider: “Bruno Fernandes has just come straight into Manchester United’s side. You buy players because you need players.

“We have gone three weeks without a striker. We have now got a striker and he is sitting in the stand watching. At the very minimum, he should have been on the bench on Saturday to give us that strength in depth.

“What is the point in buying players and getting a deal done if you are not going to put them on the bench?

“We do not have a massive squad and at times like that, when you are one-nil down, you need a lift from the crowd, a reaction from your players and bringing a new striker on would have done that. It may have made the difference.”

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa hunches over

The forward, who takes the number 29 shirt, was top goalscorer and player of the tournament at the European Under-19 Championship in 2016.

Fellow new arrival Ian Poveda was also denied his debut in the narrow loss as he remained on the bench for the second game running.

In other Leeds United news, Danny Mills has ripped into the one Elland Road player letting the team down.