£15,000-a-wk player losing fight to save Leeds career after inexplicable Heckingbottom decision
By Richard Parks
The writing is surely on the wall for the Leeds United career of Pierre-Michel Lasogga.
He has inexplicably failed to make the starting XI for three of United’s least four league matches, two of which have been lost and the other drawn, with Paul Heckingbottom preferring Caleb Ekuban as the team’s spearhead.
Given that Ekuban, 24, is rawer than uncooked chicken and has a sum total of one league goal to his name, Lasogga could be forgiven for thinking there is zero chance he will be at Elland Road next season.
A campaign that initially promised so much for the German striker is now petering out unsatisfactorily.
Lasogga marked his debut with two goals and his return of 10 goals from 28 Championship appearances, 20 of which have been starts, is pretty decent.
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In truth, he has delivered in fits and starts this season, with hopes he could fill the boots of Chris Wood failing to materialise.
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.
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 remote, to say the least.
He is fighting to save his Leeds career, but it is one he is seemingly set to lose.
In other Leeds United transfer news, the club are working on a deal to sign an English centre-back who has been the best in the league this season.