Leeds United coaches are confident Jean-Kevin Augustin will be a matchwinning force when the season resumes, Football Insider understands.
The striker, 22, has made little impression since signing in January on a loan-to-buy deal from RB Leipzig.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that Marcelo Bielsa and his staff have made real strides in getting Augustin into shape during the season’s suspension.
There is a growing belief he can make a huge impact for the promotion favourites for the final nine matches of the league campaign.
United’s fit players have been training individually at home during the lockdown but Augustin has been at Thorp Arch most days building up his fitness levels to the level Bielsa expects of all his senior men.
The Leeds medical staff have been working at the training ground only with the injured players and Augustin, along with long-term absentee Adam Forshaw, fall into this category.
The French striker made only three substitute appearances for the Championship leaders before the effects of the intensive training at his new club manifested in a hamstring injury.
Augustin was working his way back to fitness when football was suspended in mid-March.
The subsequent focus has been on improving his speed, particularly through the sprinting drills that can gain him the crucial edge over defenders in match situations.
Augustin has yet to open his Leeds goal account but has an impressive record at Leipzig, where his 67 matches have yielded 20 goals and eight assists.
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