By Danny Wright

Former Leeds United player Noel Whelan has claimed that Pierre-Michel Lasogga must lose some weight after seeing him fall tired in the latter stages of matches.

Lasogga, 25, has regularly been taken off by Thomas Christiansen towards the end of matches since signing for Leeds on loan from Hamburg in the summer.

The German forward was brought in as a replacement to Chris Wood and add some much needed physical presence up front that was lost when the New Zealand international signed for Burnley in a £15million deal.

However BBC Radio Leeds pundit Whelan has suggested that senior player Lasogga is perhaps too powerful and too big, and reckons that if he loses some weight, he may not feel as fatigued when games near completion.

“I think that’s tiredness creeping in [late in the game]. He is a big lad, he still needs to lose a little bit of that if he can and lighten himself up and be a little bit more mobile, but maybe that is not his game,” said Whelan on BBC Radio Leeds on Saturday after the 3-0 win against Bristol City, as shown on the BBC website.

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Lasogga may have been tired at the end of the Whites’ win at Ashton Gate, but he put in a fantastic shift, as did all of the clubs’ players, as he scored a goal to round off a win which ended a run of three straight defeats.

Thomas Christiansen’s side moved up to fourth in the standings after the win and will now be looking ahead to Tuesday when they face Leicester City in the League Cup at the King Power Stadium.

A midweek fixture will no doubt test the endurance of Lasogga in a game where he may well want to prove Whelan wrong should he see his comments.

In other Leeds United news, Andrea Radrizzani has slammed the Whites fans after the win against Bristol City.

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