Leeds United striker accepts time at club is over

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Jean-Kevin Augustin's future with Leeds United is very much up in the air.

The striker arrived on loan from RB Leipzig in the January transfer window and was tipped to make a big impression at Elland Road.

However the 23-year-old has been limited to just three cameo appearances since moving to West Yorkshire.

The club announced last week that Augustin's loan spell would not be extended to the end of the season, casting doubt over the permanent deal that was placed into the agreement.

The Athletic have confirmed that the striker is obliged to sign for the club permanently this summer, however Leeds United are said to be assessing how to scrap such a deal.

But after Forbes' Bundesliga expert Manuel Veth claimed that the agreement was set in stone, Hay has said that there's an acceptance that his Leeds United career is over.

Writing for The Athletic, Hay said: "Nowhere to be seen — but still somehow in the middle of all this — was Jean-Kevin Augustin.

"Bielsa picked out the striker from a list of transfer targets in January but he now appears to have washed his hands of him.

"Augustin’s loan from RB Leipzig ended on Tuesday and Leeds did not seek to extend it to cover their remaining matches.

"Bielsa was asked about Augustin, specifically on the issue of what the club would do about their obligation to sign him permanently if they won promotion, but declined to comment.

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"Sources close to Augustin have told The Athletic that after 48 minutes in a Leeds shirt and a struggle to cope with Bielsa’s training, his career here is over.

"He has no expectation of playing for the club again and does not think Bielsa has any intention of persisting with him.

"All that remains is a battle between Leeds and Leipzig as the former try to escape their obligation and the latter hold out for an agreed fee of around £18 million."

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

Jean-Kevin Augustin has been a huge disappointment for Leeds United.

Three appearances for a player who was so highly-rated is hugely disappointing, particularly given the role that he could have played.

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Augustin just hasn't been fit and that's been a big problem.

If the Whites had their way, they would send the striker back to RB Leipzig this summer and never look back, but with a mandatory purchase all-but agreed it seems that this could be tricky.

What the future holds for the 23-year-old remains to be seen, but he faces a long road back if he's to prove himself at Elland Road.

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