German striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga is back in training today after a few weeks out injured, and will potentially replace Caleb Ekuban in the squad on Saturday, the Ghanaian striker is still waiting to learn the extent of his injury after limping off in Saturday’s 1-3 win at Queens Park Rangers.
Lassoga hasn’t featured since being hooked at half time in our last trip to London, the defeat at Brentford. There was little doubt that he wasn’t the flavour of the month when he didn’t return from the changing room, and like Eunan O’Kane, another who didn’t make the second half, both are now up against it to find their place back in the team, and if you break it down, both are probably struggling to do so. Lasogga has so much ability, there is no question about that, it’s what he brings off the ball and effort wise. Compare him to the efforts of Ekuban and Roofe and the comparison is night and day, the complete opposite and everyone, the fans and probably the management just need to see the effort levels rise, because the goals will probably come.
Caleb Ekuban will be hoping that the news on his injury isn’t what we fear, another broken foot. If that is the case then it is set to be another lengthy spell on the sidelines, one of which that will take him well into the new year and put his encouraging starts to his Leeds career back on hold. If Lasogga is back for Saturday he almost certainly won’t be starting, not because of his injury but because Kemar Roofe is in good form, not just taking the Queens Park Rangers game into account. It’s almost by chance that Lasogga is back and Ekuban is injured, because Lasogga would be looking at being third choice striker had that not been the case. Competition is great for the team, and having Lasogga back certainly won’t be bad for our options.