Leeds United took SV Hamburg striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga on loan for the season, the Germans subsidising the move with a hefty contribution to his wages. So far there have been mixed reactions to the Bundesliga frontman.
From a two-goal, two-assist debut blast against Burton in a 5-0 Elland Road crushing to being mocked and ridiculed by Leeds fans for his lack of perceived effort and mobility. Yet, whichever way that you choose to look at it one thing is inescapable – the German is the club’s joint-top scorer on eight goals and has three assists to his name.
Those eight goals, in 19 appearances, that he’s scored for Leeds United have come at the rate of a goal per 155 minutes of time on the pitch. There’s no doubt that the big German has goals in him, his scoring record since arriving has demonstrated that aspect of his play. It’s other aspects of his play that has drawn the ire of some Leeds United fans.
Arguments are, and in some way they are correct, that Lasogga is not the most mobile of frontmen at the club. For that reason, that’s likely why the Whites have paid a hefty sum to bring in West Brom’s highly-rated young striker Tyler Roberts. That argument bears a very simple response to be fair.
— #WALMOT (@WALM0T33) February 10, 2018
If Lasogga is not the most mobile of strikers, then don’t expect him to sprint the length of the pitch to get on the end of a speculative cross into the box. It’s simple, play to his strengths – just like Pablo Hernandez did in the above video. Hernandez waited until Lasogga had found himself space and planted a peach of a pin-point perfect dinked cross onto his head. Lasogga did the rest.
He’s got quick feet as well, you only have to look at how he creates space for his shots. Those shots as well, he hits them hard, and largely he hits them on target. He’s hit a total of 54 shots for Leeds so far this season (20 outside box/26 penalty area/8 six-yard box) with 22 of these (40.7% accurate). His eight goals have come from 22 on-target shots – a conversion rate of 36.4%.
It’s not rocket science, it’s only marginally more difficult than putting together IKEA flat-pack furniture. But if Leeds United wasn’t to get the best out of Pierre-Michel Lasogga, then start playing to the beat of his drum more rather than trying to eke the sound of beauty out of an old set of bagpipes.
Leeds United fans comment and react to Pierre-Michel Lasogga
If he can score the goals for us it would be illogical for radrizzani not to sign him… we'd be still looking for a wood replacement and in lasogga we've got one
— Tariq Jabbar (@TariqJabbar80) February 11, 2018
It annoys me when people judge Lasogga based on his touches in our own defensive half because no fucker is giving him service. Do you judge fishes on their ability to climb trees? He is 100% good enough to lead any line in this league to promotion. #lufc
— LUFC South Stand (@SouthStand_LUFC) February 11, 2018
Honestly will be gutted when Lasogga leaves, he will bang them in when fit and play to his strengths #lufc
— Tom Beattie (@tbeattie9) February 11, 2018
Lasogga great finisher & does care about being at @lufc! But he doesn’t get the right service and I think he could do even better with a strike partner like Roberts / Ekuban / Roofe. Granted he does need to work harder at times but will he be here next season?? I doubt it. #lufc
— WAFLL (@WAFLL4LIFE) February 11, 2018
Lasogga is of a quality that should ne nowhere near the Championship. The fact that he is tells its own story. It’s how it ends is the important bit. Lad needs to shape up. Could be at leeds.
— Dr.T (@DoctorT1992) February 11, 2018
Lasogga is a goodstriker just need to play to his strengths…Green wasnt that much better than Felix. A strong CB is the 1 big thing we miss.That helps the back 4 obviously,but also the gk.He gives confidence to everybody
— Aaron Taylor (@AzzaLufc) February 11, 2018
I think lasogga could be a very good player technically very good, cracking finisher, can hit a ball his only problem is hisself how much does he want to apply himself cause at Leeds your expected to graft and he’s not that type. Hope he stays next year #Lufc
— Steven Scott (@Stescott23) February 11, 2018
For me, Lasogga is so frequently infuriating because it's clear to see that he has bags of ability (see yesterday's header, his finish against Derby etc.). If he's fully fit, and provided with the ammunition he needs, he'll score goals for #lufc. (1/2)
— Lucas Monk (@LucasMonk_) February 11, 2018
Imagine how many more goals Lasogga would get if we actually played to his strengths and created more chances for him. Can’t keep lumping it up for him to chase all the time and hope for his long range magic. #LUFC
— Matt James (@MattJLufc) February 11, 2018
We are not playing to Lasogga strengths. He is feeding off scraps. The 2 wingers yesterday seem to be more interested in showboating, which they aren’t very good at. #lufc
— Hesslebine (@hesslebine) February 11, 2018
Always rated Lasogga. He’s got a hell of a shot on him. We NEED players like him – clinical, strong, clever. I’ve said it before: running about like Messi isn’t his game. He’s a poacher. And he’s passionate. Doubt he’ll stay another season but he’d be very welcome. #LUFC
— White Answers (@whiteanswers) February 10, 2018