Leeds United unlikely to extend loan of big-money star


It could be a memorable season for Leeds United with promotion very much on the cards.

Level on points with 1st place West Brom, Marcelo Bielsa's side are eight points clear of the play-off position with just seven games to go.

The club are doing all that they can to prepare for next season and that includes targeting signings for the summer.

One man who's future is up in the air is Jean-Kevin Augustin.

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.

According to The Athletic, Leeds United agreed to a mandatory purchase of the player should they secure promotion to the top flight - something which appears to be more than likely.

That move to bring Augustin to the club permanently will cost around £18million, however according to The Athletic's Phil Hay, it seems unlikely that his loan spell will be extended to the end of the season.

He said: "Not sure if we'll get anything official but I very much doubt they'll extend his loan."

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.

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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