'Pointless signing' - Leeds Exclusive: Whelan fumes over Augustin update
Noel Whelan has slammed Leeds United for making a “bad move” by including an obligation to buy in Jean-Kevin Augustin’s loan deal.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Elland Road striker suggested that the Frenchman has been a “pointless” signing for the Whites.
Football Insider revealed earlier on Friday that United do have an obligation to purchase the forward in the summer if they get promoted, although could still get out of the deal if the player does not want to make his transfer permanent.
A deal in the summer would cost Leeds a further £18 million, but following this latest update, Whelan has expressed his anger at the clause being included in the first place.
“If it’s an obligation, then that’s a bad move by the club,” he told Football Insider.
“I’ve not seen anything of him because he’s not been fit since he came to Leeds. He was overweight, they’ve pushed him too hard. It was always going to happen.
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“Signing him was a gamble in the first place, going for a player that hasn’t played a great amount of football.
“If we are to sign him then it would be a risk because we haven’t seen enough. We just don’t know.
“It seems a bit of a pointless signing by the club.”
Augustin has registered just three appearances for United since arriving in January, totalling just 48 minutes of game time.
He is yet to score in his meagre amount of action in English football.
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