'Wasting his talent' - Whelan slaughters 'Spoilt' player after Leeds update via Athletic
Noel Whelan has ripped into Jean-Kevin Augustin after RB Leipzig submitted a claim seeking compensation against Leeds United.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds striker has blasted the 23-year-old for his lack of professionalism both at Elland Road and since his departure from the club earlier this year.
A FIFA spokesperson, as quoted by the Athletic, has confirmed that the German outfit have filed a claim against Leeds after his loan move to Elland Road last season.
It is stated the governing body has been asked to rule on whether Leipzig are entitled to compensation after a prospective permanent move to Elland Road fell through.
The claim centres on a clause included in the striker’s loan terms which should have seen him join Leeds for an £18million on promotion to the Premier League under normal circumstances before the Covid-19 outbreak.
He has since joined French side Nantes on a free transfer, where he has also been dropped due to his fitness problems, and Whelan believes he has shown a big attitude problem.
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Asked if he was surprised the Augustin saga was still going on, Whelan told Football Insider: “Yes and no, yes because it’s either a straightforward you need to pay or you don’t.
“Secondly, Augustin is still being unprofessional, I don’t know what else you want me to say about it. He came in fat, overweight and unfit and he’s not tried hard enough to get fit and lose that weight when he’s gone back to Leipzig.
“Right now it shows to me that someone’s got too much money, not enough desire to play, not enough desire to work hard and really test his ability and take himself to where he can be and what was predicted that he would become.
“He’s just wasting his talent and that can be a prime example of someone getting too much, too soon, a little bit spoilt and not enough desire. That’s the reason Leipzig want to cash in as well.”
In other Leeds United news, Whelan left “shocked” at “serious” player update via Sky Sports.