Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, former Leeds United striker Jermaine Beckford has said that he is looking forward to seeing forward Jean-Kevin Augustin in action for the Whites, admitting his arrival left him surprised.
There are few strikers in recent history to capture the hearts of Leeds United fans as Jermaine Beckford did. In almost four years with the club, Beckford scoring 84 goals in 147 appearances, laying on 11 assists and forming an impressive partnership with Lucciano Becchio.
Now, the former Whites favourite has delivered his verdict on one of Leeds United’s current strikers. Beckford has been speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post about Jean-Kevin Augustin. The Frenchman has not featured as much as fans would have hoped but Beckford is looking forward, saying that he is excited to see him in action for the club. He said:
“I’ll be honest, when he first came in, in my opinion, he looked quite heavy set. He was quite a surprising acquisition because he doesn’t really fit in with the Leeds United body shape under Marcelo Bielsa. I was quite surprised by that.
“But maybe he is one for next season and Bielsa knows something that we all don’t know. Maybe he has seen something in the 1089 billion minutes that he has seen him train and play in and whatnot.
“He does a lot of research into every player and every team that he plays against so it’s not just a signing that is on a whim so I would like to see when Augustin is fit, really fighting fit, and see what he offers.
“You can tell he puts his body about but he has not really had many minutes or much game time so it’s quite difficult to judge him right now.”
Augustin’s arrival at Elland Road certainly got fans excited on transfer deadline day. Fitness and injury issues have limited JKA to just three substitute appearances for the club’s first-team and fans are excited to see him action when football resumes. The 22-year-old can play anywhere across the front three and will be looking forward to getting out on the pitch in an effort to help Leeds United make a long-awaited return to the Premier League.