By Harry Sykes
Pontus Jansson has hailed new Leeds United hero Pierre-Michel Lasogga as a “good guy” who is a renowned at his parent club Hamburg as a dedicated professional.
Lasogga was reported in some quarters to be something of a troublemaker at the Bundesliga club after falling foul of the current management.
He slipped down the pecking order after scoring just two goals in 22 matches in all competitions last season.
Hamburg were happy to loan out the striker, 25, to Leeds and even contribute to three-quarters of his wages during his season at the English second-tier club.
One of Hamburg’s main shareholders called the striker a “loser” who isn’t good enough to play for the club, who was rewarded with a fat contract and a five-year deal after one good half seas
Lasogga demonstrated his calibre by scoring twice on a memorable debut on Saturday, supplemented by goals from Kalvin Phillips, Kemar Roofe and Hernandez, as Leeds demolished Burton Albion 5-0.
“Lasogga is a good guy,” Jansson told the Yorkshire Evening Post. “I have some friends in the (Sweden) national team who play with him in Hamburg.
“They say he is a good person who works hard and is professional. It’s good to start with two goals. We have some other good finishers and he will be important for us. (The club) did a good job to get him here.”
Klaus-Michael Kuhne, who owns 7.5 percent of Hamburg and the naming rights to their stadium according to ESPN, has been highly critical of the new Leeds arrival.
“HSV is a phenomenon because the losers always get stuck here,” the 80-year-old businessman told Der Spiegel.
“Lasogga is a good example, I do not know if I was involved in it.”
The Yorkshire giants have begun the season in some style after a massive revamp of the team that challenged strongly for promotion last season before a final-month collapse resulted in a seventh-place finish.
Leeds are unbeaten in eight matches in all competitions, with their six league fixtures culminating in Saturday’s triumph that lifted them to second in the Championship table.
Leeds are next in action when they host Harry Redknapp’s Birmingham at Elland Road on Tuesday night.
Victory could take Leeds above leaders Cardiff City to the top of the Championship. United have not spent 24 hours at the top of England’s second division since Howard Wilkinson’s side won the division in 1990.