Leeds United have had several issues to deal with this season, all of which have culminated into a bitterly disappointing campaign.
From the disciplinary problems which have seen a handful of their stars sitting out through suspension to the lack of belief running through the team during an abysmal run of form, both Thomas Christiansen and Paul Heckingbottom have had their struggles.
Many will point to their poor defensive record, with 54 goals conceded in the Championship, as a prime reason behind their unimpressive results, but the other end of the pitch has also poised a problem.
Their 52 goals scored is less than Hull City and in the same ball park as Sheffield United and Preston – not the sort of record a team harbouring early-season hopes of a play-off spot would have been looking for.
It speaks volumes that Pierre-Michel Lasogga leads the club’s Championship goal scoring charts with 10, Kemar Roofe and Ezgjan Alioski following with nine and six respectively.
Roofe is actually the side’s top scorer across all competitions with 12, but has missed the last six matches through injury.
However, his centre forward counterpart Lasogga has failed to capitalise on the 25-year-old’s absence, failing to net in any of his last half-a-dozen outings.
His poor form has not stopped Heckingbottom picking him, but that could change very soon after the former Barnsley manager admitted Roofe was closing in on a return to action, the length of his injury setback shocking the boss.
The versatile forward has been ruled out of the midweek clash with Fulham but could make a return versus Sunderland next Saturday, and it is Lasogga who will be in the firing line following his comeback.
The loan striker’s only chance to rescue himself from being dropped is to impress against the Cottagers, a tough ask considering how the London side have been performing this season.
Still, it is the German powerhouse’s last chance saloon, and it is time for him to raise his game or face the boot.
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