'We won't see him in a Leeds shirt again' - Exclusive: Whelan makes big claim about Whites 23yo
Noel Whelan has claimed there is no chance Leeds United will take up their option to buy Jean-Kevin Augustin and insisted his team at the club is “done”.
The former Whites and Coventry forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, does not expect to see the 23-year-old in a United shirt ever again.
Augustin has played just 48 minutes of football since he arrived on loan from RB Leipzig in January.
There was hope he would be fit for the Championship restart but a recurrence of a hamstring strain ruled him out for the remainder of the campaign.
His loan deal from RB Leipzig expires today and Whelan claims Leeds will not sign the striker permanently despite talk of an obligation to buy if promoted this season.
“I would be amazed if we saw Augustin in a Leeds shirt again,” he told Football Insider. “This one is done.
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“He has not taken his opportunity to shine at Leeds. He has not taken his opportunity to show that he is worth £17million.
“It would be the worst signing in the world if we paid £17million for that player right now. Someone else may take a chance on that player but it cannot be Leeds.
“He is a player that is not fit, hampered with confidence issues, weight – you cannot justify paying £17million for him.
“We are not taking up the option on signing him permanently so I do not expect to see him again.
“That £17million can be better spent buying a striker that is up to speed, somebody that will actually make a contribution.”
In other Leeds United news, Noel Whelan has told Football Insider Marcelo Bielsa decision “a stroke of genius”.
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