New Leeds United striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga is determined to make his first Leeds United appearance this Saturday at Elland Road against Burton Albion, despite his partner expecting to give birth in Germany this weekend.
The 25 year old joined United on a season long loan deal from German side Hamburg on transfer deadline day, and has taken the number nine shirt- previously worn by Chris Wood. His wife has stayed in Hamburg because of her expected child, however Lasogga has stated that he’ll be at Elland Road on Saturday whatever happens- whether that be in the squad or watching from the stands.
Lasogga was previously involved in the Germany national team in 2014, after he banged in 15 goals in 24 games for Hamburg following a loan move from fellow Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin- however failed to receive a full cap because of injury. However, his impressive loan spell at Hamburg was later made permanent for around £8million, with Pierre-Michel signing a five year deal worth £50,000 a week- which comes to an end in 2019. Because of this Leeds and Hamburg have negotiated to split his wage between the two clubs, as £50,000 is much higher than Leeds’ wage structure (with previous highest earner at the club Chris Wood earning £17,000 per week).
Midfielder Eunan O’kane may also miss Leeds’ third home Championship fixture after sustaining a groin injury, and striker Caleb Ekuban is ruled out for the next eight weeks following surgery on a broken foot bone sustained in the 2-0 win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
Defenders Matthew Pennington and Gaetano Berardi have been back in training following injuries on the opening day of the season at Bolton Wanderers and may return to the squad on Saturday, however are both unlikely to be in the starting eleven.