Marcelo Bielsa on Jean-Kevin Augustin

Marcelo Bielsa on Jean-Kevin Augustin

Head coach speaks about new signing.

Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa spoke to the media about the arrival of striker Jean-Kevin Augustin.

The 22-year-old became the club’s third signing of the January transfer window, following the arrivals of Elia Carpile and Ian Poveda.

The striker has played in the top flight in both France and Germany and Bielsa is pleased the club have managed to secure his services.

“He’s a centre forward with good movement and mobility,” said Bielsa.

“In the team he’s involved in the combination play and has a lot of presence in the box.

“He has a well known background, a good trajectory and he’s going to be useful for the needs we have in our team.

“He is a young player, when he used to play in the Academy he was one of the more well known players in the world.

“I didn’t speak to him (before signing), for me the player has to have the wish to be part of Leeds.

Bielsa also spoke about how the decision was made to sign Augustin over other targets and heaped praise on the staff behind the scenes who made the deal happen.

He said: “We didn’t have an order in priorities, we verified all of the options Victor Orta gave us.

“All of them were good and finally it was the option of Augustin that we could make.

“We had to substitute Jack Clarke and Eddie Nketiah, we have now solved solutions for both players.

“Everybody values the efforts the institution of Leeds has given to resolve the needs of the team.

“The director and staff did very serious work, which I have never seen before in my career.

“This is a big support for us and is very important.”