This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Player View’ series, this content strand is where we put ourselves in the shoes of a given player, and offer an opinion-based outlook on the situation at hand…
Leeds United recently completed the signing of Jean-Kevin Augustin on loan until the end of this year’s campaign.
The Whites hold the option of making the deal a permanent one at the end of the 2019/20 season if they’re to win a long-awaited promotion into the Premier League.
Leeds are currently sat second in the Championship table, but will know that results simply have to improve if they’re to achieve that under Marcelo Bielsa’s guidance this term.
The promotion-chasing pack have been closing in on the Yorkshire-based side recently, with Leeds still without a win since the turn of the year.
But Bielsa seems to be learning from his mistakes from last year, as he adds much-needed quality and depth to his squad in the January transfer window.
Plenty of the Elland Road faithful will hold their lack of transfer activity in last year’s January transfer window as one of the main reasons as to why they missed out on promotion to the top-flight last term.
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One player that might be fearing for his starting spot in Marcelo Bielsa’s squad now though is Patrick Bamford, who has had the luxury of previously being the only recognised senior option in attack.
But with Augustin arriving at Elland Road recently, it means that his starting spot could come under threat in the near future, as we head into the second-half of this year’s campaign.
Augustin will be keen to prove a point whilst out on loan, and having made only 13 appearances for French side AS Monaco, he definitely will be eager to make up for lost time this term.
He has scored 20 goals for RB Leipzig in total, which shows that he’s more than capable of scoring goals at a high standard of football in the Bundesliga.
So, he could prove to be the ideal striker that Bamford needs to have challenging him for the remainder of the season. Competition for places is never a bad dilemma to have as a manager, and Marcelo Bielsa will be hoping that this added competition can help get the best out of both Augustin and Bamford.