Leeds have signed Jean Kevin Augustin on loan from RB Leipzig until the end of the season, the club announced. The 22-year old striker could be signed on a permanent deal afterward.
“Leeds United are delighted to announce the signing of Jean-Kevin Augustin,” the club announced.
“The striker joins the Whites on an initial loan deal until the end of the season from Bundesliga outfit Red Bull Leipzig. He will wear the number 29 shirt for Leeds during his time at Elland Road and the club hold the option to sign the player on a permanent basis upon completion of his loan spell.”
Leeds needed a new striker to replace Nketiah
Marcelo Bielsa’s team was on the look for a new striker after Eddie Nketiah was recalled from his loan by his parent club Arsenal. The 20-year old Nketiah played 19 games for Leeds this season, scoring 5 goals.
And Augustin seems to fit their needs, especially after it was confirmed last week that a third bid for Birmingham’s Che Adams was turned down. Augustin played the first half of the campaign on loan at Monaco, where he scored once in 13 appearances.
He started his career through the youth ranks of PSG, debuting for the first team in 2015. Augustin played 31 games for PSG with 2 goals to his tally. RB Leipzig purchased him for €16 million in 2017. The striker played a total of 67 games for the German side, banging 20 goals in the process, before being loaned to Monaco on September 2019.
Marcelo Bielsa’s team currently sit second in the Championship table with a point below the leader West Brom.