Thomas Christiansen came out in defence of the strikers at the club last week. He said he was happy with what we had and he was confident that the strikers would get the goals needed for us to reach our target of the playoffs this season. He can’t actually think that, two of them were bullied and outplayed by Newport County today, in embarrassing fashion.
We only have four strikers, one is injured again, long-term and we don’t know when he will return and the other is Kemar Roofe, a player who is playing well but Christiansen often plays him out wide. Caleb Ekuban can’t be expected to make a huge impact when he does return because getting up to speed will take time and on his return we will be somewhere during the run-in, and we won’t be able to give him minutes just to get fit. Having said that, the way Lasogga and Grot are performing maybe a half-fit Caleb Ekuban is exactly what we need, he puts in some serious effort and doesn’t stop giving 100% when he’s on the pitch, the same can’t be said for the two who played today.
I understand that Thomas Christiansen can’t come out and say the strikers aren’t good enough, it’s not what I would expect but he must see what nearly every fan can see, we need more players in that position. Kemar Roofe will carry on scoring but he is a very unique option, and if he isn’t playing well or can’t get into the game we currently have a plan b that isn’t working, and doesn’t look like working. Lasogga is a talented footballer, we’ve seen it first hand in games and he was on the rink of a Germany call-up a few years ago. Unfortunately his application is of such a low standard that many fans are calling for him to be returned to Hamburg. His £55k per-week contract with the German clubs seems unthinkable on performances today.
There are strikers that we could have signed instead of Lasogga and Grot on much less money and they would put the effort in and probably look like they want to play for Leeds United. I would honestly be throwing Mallik Wilks into the fold now, and that shouldn’t have to happen to a young player who has had one short loan spell. If he had started the game today he wouldn’t have shown himself up like the other two did. The frustrating thing is that we have money, Andrea Radrizzani said at the end of the Chris Wood statement that fans can rest assured that all of the money from the deal would be reinvested into the squad. It’s time we paid a little more than we may have to in the summer, and bought a striker in January.