£15,000-a-week player loses fight to save Leeds career after inexplicable Heck decision
COMMENT By Editor Wayne Veysey
The writing is now on the wall for the Leeds United career of Pierre-Michel Lasogga.
As revealed by Football Insider, United have decided not to trigger the option to sign Lasogga on a permanent deal when his season-long loan at Hamburg ends.
He has inexplicably failed to make the starting XI for five of United’s least seven league matches, four of which have been lost and two drawn, with Paul Heckingbottom preferring Caleb Ekuban as the team’s spearhead.
Given that Ekuban, 24, is rawer than a plate load of crudites and has a sum total of one league goal to his name, Lasogga probably already realised there was zero chance he would be at Elland Road next season.
A campaign that initially promised so much for the German striker is now petering out unsatisfactorily.
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Lasogga marked his debut with two goals and his return of 10 goals from 32 Championship appearances, 21 of which have been starts, is far from hopeless.
In truth, he has delivered in fits and starts this season, with hopes he could fill the boots of Chris Wood failing to materialise.
He has not found the back of the net since February and his scoreless run has extended to 10 matches, poor timing when recruitment plans are being laid for the summer window.
Lasogga is an orthodox forward who is a sound finisher, but he needs service to really thrive. He has not had enough of that at Leeds to provide a compelling case for the club to buy him permanently.
Interestingly, German publication Bild claim that Lasogga is almost certainly to leave parent club Hamburg at the end of the season as they look to ease his £58,000-a-week salary off their wage bill. The Yorkshire Evening Post report that Leeds are paying £15,000-a-week towards Lasogga’s wages during his loan.
The chances of that being extended to a permanent transfer are now non-existent after Leeds top brass made up their minds.
He will move on from Hamburg in the summer, but his next stop will not be at Elland Road.