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.

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.

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