I don’t think many fans are grumbling about the ability of Pierre-Michel Lasogga, the German striker has shown in games he is more than capable of making a difference for us at this level of football. The issue lies with his work-rate, desire and hunger on the pitch, and those should be the basics.
Lets go back a few months to Burton at home. Say what you want about the struggling Brewers they have aside packed full of Championship experience and Lasogga hadn’t kicked a ball in this country before that day. The striker bullied his way to a brace and was a class above. Everything we did that day went through him and it was a wonderful performance, what he can do. Fast forward to our last game away at Griffin Park and Brentford. He barely moved or tried to look interested and that’s the issue. From a 0-3 win at Bristol City where he was clinical and a handful to not turning up a week later in the Yorkshire Derby against Sheffield United.
We can’t replace Chris Wood, the Kiwi striker was a one-off last season and goals have to be spread more. A player with the ability and experience of Lasogga should be getting 20 goals in a season though. In front of goal he has shown he can finish but he needs to do more outside the box and away from goal. The way we are playing (rightly or wrongly) means the striker is a key figure in holding up the ball and linking up the play. Leeds fans can accept poor performances if they put in 100%, obviously we wouldn’t choose that but we can accept it. Many of the players haven’t been giving that recently and one of the worst offenders is Lasogga.
Leeds now need the big players to step up and be counted. Lasogga is one of those players. This is a player who gets paid around £50k per week by Hamburg (and a small part us) and has more than enough in his locker to be one of our key players, he’s already shown that and we need it every week. His problem now is our gain, one of the promising signings form the summer is training again and one thing we already know about Caleb Ekuban is that he will put in 100% and make things happen, run and run and those are attributes that Lasogga hasn’t shown us at all in recent times. There is nothing more frustrating than a talented player who doesn’t put it in, Lasogga can be a big success at Leeds United.