Heckingbottom drops hint that decision on Leeds senior player has been made amid exit talk
Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom has hinted that a decision has been made over the future of striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga.
Football Insider has exclusively revealed that the Whites have decided to not take up the option-to-buy clause in the 26-year-old’s loan deal at Elland Road, which is due to expire next month.
Lasogga has been out-of-favour in the past couple of months under Heckingbottom’s leadership, starting just two of the last seven Championship fixtures.
And now it seems that Heckingbottom and director of football Victor Orta have made their minds up over what to do with the senior player as his deal nears it’s end.
When asked about Lasogga’s future, he was quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post on Thursday as saying: “I know a lot but nothing that we are going to speak about.”
Lasogga has made 32 appearances in all competitions for Leeds this term and scored 10 goals.
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Lasogga looked like he was going to be a decent signing for Leeds when he first arrived, but then again, so did most of Orta’s recruits. Heckingbottom clearly does not fancy the German forward, which is fair enough considering his performances have been so inconsistent this term. He has not found the net since February and that is a real issue for a side that is sliding down the table. Fingers will be pointed at Orta again though. Lasogga was clearly meant to be Chris Wood’s replacement, and that just shows how clueless Orta is.
In other Leeds United news, fans have been demanding that this 29-year-old leaves the Yorkshire club in the summer.