Kevin Phillips has claimed Leeds United may have “pushed” Jean-Kevin Augustin when he first came to Elland Road after the striker remains sidelined through injury.
The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested there will be concern at Elland Road as the 22-year-old recovers from a hamstring injury.
Marcelo Bielsa told the club’s official website, “Augustin has a muscular problem in his hamstring and won’t be available.”
Augustin has subsequently missed victories at Hull City and Middlesborough, having only made three substitute appearances for the Whites so far this season.
The French striker arrived from Red Bull Leipzig on loan until the end of the season last month.
When asked whether the former France under-21 international was running out of time at Elland Road, Phillips told Football Insider: “It is looking that way.
“When he has come in he has looked lively and I thought he would get a start but he has picked up an injury. There was reports he came to the club unfit so maybe they have pushed him a bit and it has backfired.
“He has persisted with Bamford in front of goal but it has not happened for him this season so it is up to others to chip in with goals.
“It will be a slight concern for the run-in but if he can get players chipping in from other areas then that will ease the problem a little bit. You hope that they do not go into another blip with no back-up striker options.”
Tyler Roberts replaced Patrick Bamford in the weekend’s 4-0 thrashing of the Tigers – scoring twice to cap an impressive performance.
It has led to questions whether the 21-year-old should be used as a central striker more often by Marcelo Bielsa as the side push for promotion to the Premier League.
In other Leeds United news, Alex Bruce has delivered his verdict on Patrick Bamford to Football Insider after Hull City rout.