'Be harsh' - Leeds fans urge Christiansen to axe big-name signing against Burton
By Harry Sykes
Leeds United fans have urged manager Thomas Christiansen to omit big-name striker signing Pierre-Michel Lasogga from the starting XI for Saturday’s Championship clash against Burton Albion.
Despite the £15million sale of Chris Wood to Burnley, Christiansen has a wealth of forward options after signing four new forwards this summer, including the deadline day arrivals of Lasogga and Pawel Cibicki.
Experienced Bundesliga operator Lasogga, 25, is the most senior of the new striker quartet, which also includes Dutchman Jay-Roy Grot and the injured Caleb Ekuban.
Intriguingly, Kemar Roofe wants to remain as the spearhead of the attack after scoring four goals from that position in Leeds’ last two matches.
Leeds supporters almost universally agree that Roofe, and not on-loan Hamburg striker Lasogga, should lead the line at Elland Road this weekend.
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Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Be harsh to drop Roofe IMO. Hat trick in the cup, goal at Forest. Clearly relishing the role.
— Lee Holdsworth (@jeeblufc) September 5, 2017
Roofe it will be exactly same starting XI that started v Forest imo
— Benny Tayls (@BennyTaylsLUFC) September 5, 2017
The only change I could see is O’Kane if his groin is ok then it will definitely be the same 11 as Forrest.
— Adam Ross (@rossi_on) September 5, 2017
It has to be Roofe. With Lasogga getting game time as a substitute. Slowly thrown into the scene like Saiz got integrated.
— SA (@Aravind_SA) September 6, 2017
Send out the wrong message if Roofe gets dropped surely! You don’t drop a layer who’s scored 4 in 2 when up top!!!!
— Scott (@sco060) September 5, 2017
Roofe don’t try fix it if it ain’t broke
— Danieljamesrose (@danieljamesros2) September 5, 2017
Roofe and bring to big boys on midway through the 2nd half
— Matt Duce (@matt_duce1980) September 5, 2017
Hard to drop Roofe after 4 goals in 2 games so i’d stick with that.
— Richy (@rpstarman67) September 5, 2017
Lasogga has arrived at Leeds after being deemed surplus to requirements at Hamburg even though he has two years left on his £50,000-a-week contract.
The former Germany Under-21 international has slipped down the pecking order at the Bundesliga club but has a fine track record in his homeland.
In other Leeds United team news, the club have secured an out of window striker signing after agreeing the terms of a deal.