The fortunes of Pierre-Michel Lasogga have been up and down since his arrival. The big German arrived with a bang, scoring a brace on his debut and things were looking rosy after the first few games. However it went downhill after a couple of months and only recently has he rediscovered his mojo, and he’s sure the arrival of Paul Heckingbottom is what the squad need. He has also revealed he will consider a move in the summer.
Lasogga revealed today that his partner and baby have now moved to Leeds and he will decide his future in the summer, “I owe it to the team and to the fans to give my 100 per cent focus. After the last game I will discuss”. Lasogga was speaking at the pre-match press conference ahead of the game against Bristol City at Elland Road on Sunday afternoon. The side haven’t won a game in 2018 and Paul Heckingbottom will want a positive start in his first home game. Lasogga expressed the positive impact of Heckingbottom since he arrived and perhaps that will be a factor in his future moves come May. The forward has scored 8 goals this season and has one of the best goals to minutes ratio in the league, his recent form has come at the right time and under Heckingbottom we may see him flourish for a longer period of time.
In terms of ability there is little doubt that Lasogga has the quality needed to succeed at Leeds United. He has proved in spells that he can be a handful and he knows how to drag defences about on his day. Games against Millwall and Burton spring to mind as some of the best performances we have seen from anyone this season and in his first game under Heckingbottom he played very well despite being isolated for much of the game, let down by the other forwards who started, Gjanni Alioski and Kemar Roofe. There is obvious issues for this deal to happen and the main one is the wage gap. Andrea Radrizzani won’t pay any more than £15k per week in line with his current wage structure but Lasogga is on over £50k per week at Hamburg, the huge difference probably worries both parties. Stranger things have happened, and it’s up to Lasogga to force the hand of Leeds United by having a strong end to the season.