February 1, 2015. Jean-Kévin Augustin took an important first step in his career by signing his first professional contract with Paris Saint-Germain. A great mark of confidence from the capital club, convinced of the talent and potential of the footballer born in 1997. Integrated into the pro group, he made several appearances in a team populated by stars. But one year from the end of his lease, he packed up in the summer of 2017 to stand on his own feet at RB Leipzig. A club that trusts young people and gives them a lot of responsibilities. The ideal therefore for JKA, who had signed for 5 years.
During his first season, in 2017-18, the native of Paris started strong with 12 goals and 6 assists in 36 appearances in all competitions. The following year, in 2018-19, the record was less good (6 goals in 25 appearances). Above all, the player had been at the heart of several controversies. He had refused to join the Espoirs after a summons from Sylvain Ripoll, which had caused an imbroglio between the FFF and his club. His trainer at the time, Ralf Rangnick, sided with him. A few days later, the latter criticized the player, who could not be found after the recognition of the field before a Champions League match against Salzburg.
From failure to failure
Finally, the former Titi was on the bench with his headphones on. The next day, his trainer, who was not aware of this affair, had knocked him out: “It’s not normal that we travel three months through Europe to qualify, and that after some players see it as a chore. I learned this story on Friday morning. It is clear that there will be a big sanction ”. In addition to a fine, he had been suspended. Suffice to say that Leipzig was not counting on him and decided to lend him to Monaco during the 2019-20 fiscal year. After 13 matches and 1 goal, he left the Rock in the winter transfer window.
Direction Leeds, always in the form of a loan. But again, it was a failure (3 appearances). In the hard, JKA finally found an unexpected point of fall. On October 6, FC Nantes formalized its arrival until June 2022. A new start for an element in decline. On October 31, he made his debut with the Canaries. He came into play 18 minutes against PSG. A few weeks later, on November 22, he had only been on the pitch for one minute against Metz. On November 28, he played 18 minutes against OM. Either three appearances in total (36 minutes). Since then, nothing.
A casting error in Nantes
Still in office at the time, Christian Gourcuff had dismissed him in early December. “In order for him to regain acceptable physical condition, we decided that he would be this week and next week in individualized training. On the physical level, it cannot be competitive in these conditions today ”. The same goes for Raymond Domenech on January 4. “Augustine is not yet ready but I am, I am behind him. (…) I knew a player who had power, who accelerated and who went fast. I found a player who does not have the ability to repeat the efforts. But it’s already better for four or five days. (…) He is at 30% or 40% of what he can do ”.
Antoine Kombouaré did not have the same patience as these two predecessors and quickly decided on the spot. This Tuesday, West France announces that the new Nantes coach has decided to rely on operational elements to carry out his maintenance mission. Kanak therefore dismissed three players from the pro group, namely Thomas Basila, Bridge Ndilu and … Jean-Kévin Augustin. Like his two teammates, the former PSG will end the season with the reserve team in National 2. A new blow for JKA, to whom there is still a year of contract. At 23, the Frenchman can still raise his head and start again. But he will have to react quickly to save a career which is at a standstill.