Hamburger SV have announced today that former Leeds United loanee Pierre-Michel Lasogga is to leave the 2.Bundesliga club.
Whilst at the German club, the former German Under-21 international featured in 138 games, scoring 49 goals and adding six assists. 13 of those 49 goals came this season just gone in 27 2.Bundesliga games.
It was back to Hamburg that Lasogga went after the Germans were relegated from the Bundelsliga. The season before, the 2017/18 campaign, Lasogga swapped German football for the Sky Bet Championship with Leeds United.
He arrived early season and made a massive impact in his first game, an Elland Road tie in glorious September sunshine against Burton Albion. Thomas Christiansen’s charges won that game by a 5-0 scoreline but it was Lasogga’s contribution that caught the eye.
Two goals and two assists gave Leeds United fans hope that they had another loan sensation on their hands. Indeed, by his 10th game the German striker had scored five goals and provided four assists.
However, Whites fans soon became upset and annoyed at a perceived lack of effort from the German, and a lack of consistency in front of goal. That was borne out with his other five goals coming in a six-game streak between a 4-3 loss to Millwall in late January and a 2-2 draw against Derby County in late February.
It was this lack of consistency, and what Leeds United fans saw as a big engine always running on fumes, that had them not wanting to sign him on a permanent deal. Coupled with what would have been extremely high wage demands, his return to German football was all but sealed.
Now, it’s a move on from what was his parent club whilst at Leeds, a step into a different future for Pierre-Michel Lasogga.