Jansson: Orta and Radrizzani did a great job in pulling off this Leeds summer signing
By Harry Sykes
Pontus Jansson has hailed Leeds United chiefs Andrea Radrizzani and Victor Orta for pulling off the signing of new goal hero Pierre-Michel Lasogga.
The deadline day signing marked a sensational debut on Saturday with two goals in Leeds’ 5-0 demolition of struggling Burton Albion.
Lasogga opened the scoring after 20 minutes with a shot from the edge of the box and then sealed an emphatic victory with a header with 59 minutes on the clock.
Defensive totem Jansson, who has been the central figure of a backline that has not conceded in five matches, praised the performance of the German striker, who has joined Leeds on a season-long loan from Hamburg.
“The opponents were maybe not the best but it was one of our best games since I came to the club,” Jansson told the Yorkshire Evening Post. “Two goals is a great start for Lasogga. Andrea and Victor (Orta, head of recruitment) did a good job to get him here.”
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It has been reported that United are contributing to only a quarter of Lasogga’s £50,000-a-week wages during his campaign.
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.