Michael Brown insists there is “no point” an unfit Jean-Kevin Augustin staying at Leeds United but suggested he may return when he’s back in shape.
The former Leeds and Tottenham midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, claims the 23-year-old has to take things “back to basics” after a difficult loan spell at the club.
Leeds confirmed on Wednesday that they would not be extending the Frenchman’s temporary stay from RB Leipzig after his initial loan terms expired on Tuesday.
But his initial deal was a loan-to-buy and there have been suggestions United are obliged to sign him if they get promoted.
Brown believes that the striker’s fitness has been a huge problem since his arrival and that he has got to take the time to ensure he is 100 per cent before he plays again.
Brown told Football Insider: “I just think you’ve got to look at his fitness. There’s no point extending it for three weeks if he’s not going to be fit.
“I think you’ll find when you’ve had a particular injury, you come back and you keep having these same recurrences or different injuries, I think it’s a case of stripping it back almost.
“For the player now, he’s got to go back to basics, strengthen everywhere and make sure he’s right the next time he comes back.”
Augustin played just three times for Leeds since joining the club back in the January transfer window.
Patrick Bamford has been Marcelo Bielsa’s first-choice striker all season, with the former Middlesbrough man missing just one league game.
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