Leeds United Director of Football, Victor Orta, has revealed the summer signing that he believes is of Premier League quality.
Orta, who was brought in from Championship rivals Middlesbrough this summer, was speaking during a Q&A for the Leeds United official website. When asked about new striker signing Pierre-Michel Lasogga, Orta said:
“I’m happy with Lasogga. Lasogga is a player at the top level of European competition. This is a player at Premier League level.
“I never ask for a striker who provides me goals. I prefer a striker involved in hard work, involved in the build up game, having a good passing game with the midfielders. A goal is a consequence.” (Transcribed by Football Insider.)
Lasogga was Leeds’ 16th and final summer signing, eventually completing his move to England on August 31st after paperwork issues. The striker signed from Bundesliga side Hamburg, on a season-long loan deal. He was handed the number 9 shirt, signalling that Leeds believe he can be an important player for the club this season.
In four seasons playing for Hamburg, Lasogga managed 30 goals in 107 games in all competitions. Half of his tally came in his first season playing for the club when the striker scored 15 in just 24 appearances.
Standing at over 6ft 2in tall, Lasogga is a target-man type player who can hold the ball up well. Leeds fans will be hoping that the German has more than just height in common with their last number 9 Chris Wood, who left the club for £15 million this summer.