Yesterday the Yorkshire Evening Post’s (YEP) Phil Hay reported on Leeds United interest in a German striker.
According to the YEP, the Whites “are targeting Hamburg striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga.” Hay says that Leeds, who have been tracking Lasogga throughout the current transfer window, are wanting to bring the SV Hamburg striker in after he was declared surplus to requirements.
The Whites have brought in promising youngster Caleb Ekuban and exciting Spaniard Samu Saiz and are still looking to bolster their attacking options. The club is looking to expand their attacking options rather than rely on the sole goal threat of last season’s top-scorer Chris Wood.
With the club looking for attacking options, here’s five things that Leeds United fans might want to know.
5 things about Pierre-Michel Lasogga for Leeds United fans
1. He has top league experience. Since the 2012/13 season, Lasogga had only played in the 2.Bundesliga competition. He has featured in 108 games predominantly for SV Hamburg. He has also featured in the 2.Bundesliga competition for former club Hertha Berlin – appearing 32 times.
2. He has commanded high transfer fees. Lasogga is currently valued at £1.8 million by website Transfermarkt against a career-high valuation of £10.8 million. Across his career transfers he has commanded fees totalling nearly £8 million. The massive bulk of this figure was the near £7.7 million that SV Hamburg paid Hertha Berlin at the start of the July 2014 transfer window after a successful loan period.
3. He has goals in him. Despite only scoring twice in 22 1.Bundesliga and DFB Pokal games (one in each competition), Lasogga does have goals in him. In his career, from 265 games, he has scored 105 goals.
4. He can put together goal-scoring seasons. Despite a poor return last time out, what with two-in-22, Lasogga does have the ability to put together goal-scoring seasons. Evidence for this can be found from his 2013/14 returns of 14 goals across 25 games in all competitions for SV Hamburg during his loan spell from Hertha Berlin – this included 13 in 20 1.Bundesliga games.
5. He has international pedigree. Injury wrecked his chances of making a full international breakthrough for Germany, yet he was a regular at Under-21 level. He made his début a special a 19-year-old in 2021 – going on to make 11 appearances which yielded four goals.