Noel Whelan has tempered Jean-Kevin Augustin expectations by claiming the signing may be a “risk” for Leeds United.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Elland Road striker suggested that the Frenchman had yet to realise his full potential and he could have attitude issues Leeds aren’t fully aware of.
Football Insider revealed earlier on Monday that an agent who has been working on the deal to bring the hitman to Yorkshire claims the move is “done”.
Pictures have also emerged of Augustin in a Leeds shirt at Elland Road after putting pen to paper on a deal.
Whelan did acknowledge that a move for the 22-year-old would represent something of a gamble.
“He seems quite handy – a lot of people raving about him but maybe not hit the heights of what’s expected,” he told Football Insider.
“He’s got goals, he’s got skill, seems to have a lot of power and pace which would suit what Leeds are looking for, and he can play on the wing as well.
“I think it’s always a bit strange when you’re looking abroad, I think you’re always taking a risk when you bring in a foreign player because you don’t know too much about his attitude, how he’s going to adjust to life in the Championship – but when you’re looking at potential, it’s definitely there.
“If anyone can get the best out of somebody with that amount of potential it’s Marcelo Bielsa.”
Augustin has spent the first half of the season on loan at AS Monaco, but has struggled to hold down a regular starting role, and has just one goal in 13 appearances for the Ligue 1 side.
Any deal for the striker would most likely include a multi-million pound loan fee, as well as a cost at the end of the season that is likely to be in excess of £15 million.
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