Whelan savages 'overweight' and 'slow' Augustin as he blames Leeds chiefs for saga
Noel Whelan has insisted Leeds United chiefs must take the blame for the ongoing Jean-Kevin Augustin transfer saga.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed those in charge at Elland Road had made a “really poor decision” signing him in January 2020.
In a statement issued on Tuesday (8th June), RB Leipzig claimed they had received a “positive decision” from Fifa in proceedings against Leeds.
In the proceedings against Leeds United FC regarding the transfer of Jean-Kévin #Augustin, #RBLeipzig have received a positive decision from FIFA in the first instance. The ruling is however not yet legally binding. pic.twitter.com/MXuTrFpoVm
— RB Leipzig English (@RBLeipzig_EN) June 8, 2021
German publication Bild report the German side are demanding £18million (€21million) after claiming Leeds reneged on the obligatory purchase clause in Augustin’s loan deal last year.
The dispute centres on whether the clause had expired before Leeds got promoted during the 2019/20 campaign.
Whelan claimed the Whites had taken a risk signing Augustin and insisted they needed to take responsibility for the dispute.
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Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge. “It’s something the club don’t really need. They put themselves in this position unfortunately by taking a chance on a player.
“A really poor decision to bring him in. I’m sure there were other loan options out there than a player who was injured and hadn’t played in God knows how many months.
“I felt his attitude wasn’t right, he wasn’t in the right place to be playing Bielsa-ball. With the way Leeds United like to play, it was a very strange signing in my opinion.
“Someone that wasn’t lightning quick, he was overweight. How could you come in the squad and hit the ground running when you’re at that kind of fitness level? You just can’t.
“The club have got to take a bit of blame on that one that it didn’t go right. Probably the only one of the loan signings that didn’t go right for them but it turned out to be a big one.”
Augustin has since joined French outfit Nantes on a free transfer.
However, he only managed to play three times – the same number of appearances he made for Leeds.