By Kevin Phillips

19th Feb, 2020 | 4:13pm

Exclusive: Phillips tips barely-seen Leeds player to 'Be the difference' on one condition

Kevin Phillips has tipped Jean-Kevin Augustin to “be the difference” for Leeds United this season if the striker can get off the mark soon.

The former Sunderland and West Brom striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, stressed the importance for a striker to score their first goal for a club.

The 22-year-old has made three substitute appearances for Marcelo Bielsa’s side since joining in January but has failed to hit the back of the net.

Augustin arrived on loan from Red Bull Leipzig until the end of the season and has so far only been involved from the bench as he improves his fitness levels.

When asked how the French forward was settling into life at Elland Road, Phillips told Football Insider: “I saw encouraging signs against Bristol City. He has got energy, he has got pace. I have seen signs that he could settle in and perform at this level.

“Unfortunately, he needs to hit the ground running because it is an area that has been a concern for Leeds this season and you cannot rely on midfielders and defenders to score the goals. He and Bamford have to step up.

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“Leeds create opportunities. You want your strikers chipping in with goals.

“He needs to get off the mark as soon as he can and being an ex-striker I know what a relief that is, it would give him huge confidence. If he can do that he can be the difference in terms of getting Leeds over the line.”

The striker, who spent the first half of the season on loan at AS Monaco, has represented France at every youth level from under-16 to under-21.

The Whites opened up a three-point gap between themselves and third-placed Fulham with a 1-0 victory over Bristol City last weekend.

In other Leeds United news, Danny Mills told Football Insider it may be time to give up on “exceptional” player.