Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has explained why Jean-Kevin Augustin isn't quite ready to make his debut for the Whites after a January loan move.
The attacker played for the U23 side on Friday in a 2-1 defeat to Derby's youngsters.
Augustin arrived from Monaco last month but has so far failed to make a matchday squad for the senior side.
And Bielsa doesn't seem to be in any rush when it comes to playing the 22-year-old, claiming his lack of match fitness is the only reason Leeds were able to secure a deal in the winter window.
"Augustin is a player with a lot of impact. He has a lot of skills, resources. You can realise about that for how much he goes, how much he was sold, how much he was bought for and the teams he played for," he replied when asked about Augustin's fitness.
"But Kevin, in the last eight months, played three full matches.
"So when one player in this period plays just three full matches, the conclusions about his fitness levels are clear.
"If you see one team like Wigan for example, they sold their two best players. One to Milan and after the number ten. Why do you think that’s happened and they are fighting for being relegated or not?
"Why do you think that? Why did they sell their players? Because of the economic fair play, that demands you don’t take a risk in this sense.
"So you know perfectly that Leeds cannot buy a player even if Leeds would like to buy a player. So do you think that one player with the background of Augustin can arrive to our club if he is not in the situation where he is now?
"Because a player of his level, with his background, with his skills, with his characteristics, if he was playing, he’s a player that costs £30m, 40m. You know that. Everyone knows that.
"So if he arrives here without paying this money, it’s because he has to resolve one problem that is that he wasn’t playing.
"So players, they have skills, they have resources but put those resources and skills into the pitch in one official match, it’s not the same that you have the skill and after put it in the pitch.
"So all this is related with his fitness performance and is very important."
Leeds travel to Nottingham Forest this evening, where Patrick Bamford is expected to lead the line.
The Whites know a win can send them top of the Championship at the expense of West Brom.