With the following tweet, Athletic journalist Phil Hay pretty much confirmed what Leeds United fans already knew:
As per last night's tweet, Leeds United won't be extending Jean-Kevin Augustin's loan from RB Leipzig to cover the rest of this season. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) July 1, 2020
In short, Jean-Kevin Augustin’s arrival was heralded by Whites fans and why wouldn’t it be? Schooled in football at Paris Saint-Germain, moved to Germany and Red Bull Leipzig as a promising youngster with a big future – plenty to get excited about for the fans.
In truth, what they got was short-changed. All their optimism and hope was somewhat screwed up and thrown back at them as cruel twists of fate intervened.
Instead of exciting goals and barnstorming runs, frustrated Whites fans got 48 minutes of flash glimpses of promise. Then, that was it. Three games, 48 minutes before a hamstring injury effectively drew a line under this season for him.
The lockdown came at the right time for him, the Frenchman using the enforced break to fight his way back to fitness. Videos of him in training looked good, then injury struck again, forcing him back to square one.
Now, it appears that square one wasn’t far enough back and the Whites have chosen not to press for an extension to his loan deal. This means that he will play no further part in the Whites push for Premier League promotion.
It is a situation that has gotten fans talking on Hay’s tweet of the news and there are some not very happy fans commenting. Here is a selection of some of the things that fans have been saying.
Leeds United fans rage over Phil Hay’s Augustin news
Another joke signing
— Mark ⚽️🎸💛💙 (@Slaven167) July 1, 2020
— CM (@ChrisMoulds01) July 1, 2020
Another successful loan just like Izzy Brown ??
— Alan Groves (@Kiwi_Whites) July 1, 2020
He was a panic loan by @andrearadri to get the fans off his back when Nketiah left. Looked nifty on YouTube and got the fans excited when in reality he was never going to be fit. Another January clown show in the transfer market
— Jamie McEvoy (@JamieMcEvoy) July 1, 2020
Phenomenal recruiting yet again.
— gary carroll (@gazzii88) July 1, 2020
Nice one! Another on the Orta scrapheap 👍 £4 m loan fee don’t forget! We were better spending that on a talented youngster from lower leagues
— Ron (@ronaallleeds) July 1, 2020
Wow one of the worst deals ever! I swear Ali Dia played more minutes than he has! 😂😂😂
— Ross Pearce (@Ross__Pearce) July 1, 2020
What a waste of £3 million quid!
— Jason Tobin (@JasonATobin88) July 1, 2020
Orta failure yet again
— t v r (@tvr_82) July 1, 2020
Absolute waste of time and a signing again that could cost us
— Russ Wadeley (@TheWhites1982) July 1, 2020
— Ben Yates (@Benjaminyates) July 1, 2020
Every right to rage.
Things go wrong sometimes.