Darren Bent has urged Marcelo Bielsa to give Jean-Kevin Augustin his first chance for Leeds United in tomorrow’ Championship clash against Nottingham Forest.
The ex-England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted that the 22-year-old marquee January must play some part at the City Ground after failing to make the 18 for the Championship clashes against Wigan Athletic and Millwall.
Bielsa used his media conference yesterday to deliver a 1,500-word explanation on why Augustin has not played any part since his loan-to-buy arrival on Monday of last week.
The Argentine insisted that the French striker was not yet in prime condition and, if he was, then he would be a £30-40m player and Leeds would not have been able to sign him.
But former Premier League strikers and pundits are questioning the logic of failing to even name such an asset on the substitute’s bench.
Asked whether Augustin should be in the Leeds team for their fixture against Nottingham Forest on Saturday evening, Bent told Football Insider. “Yes. When Bamford has struggled Bielsa has needed to pull him out of the firing line just to help him out.
“Now, Augustin is there they can complement each other well. You can start one, with the other coming off the bench. Or, play them together.
“The first half of the season he was too reliant on Bamford, didn’t really use [Eddie] Nketiah.
”I know Augustin hasn’t really been playing in France, and Bielsa spoke about it for an hour at his press conference, wow…but the only way he can get match fit is by playing in matches. Training will only get you so far.”
United have lost three of their last four Championship matches although they remain second in the division ahead of tomorrow’s 5.30pm kick-off against fourth-placed Forest.
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