Whelan: This Leeds star has been a revelation due to one major change
Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan has said that current hitman Pierre Michel Lasogga has been a revelation up front for the Whites after showing increased desire and work rate.
The 26-year-old arrived from Hamburg SV on a season long loan last summer, in what was a major overhaul of the attacking options in the squad, with the likes of Ezgjan Alioski, Pawel Cibicki and Jay Roy Grot joining him as new options up front.
Chosen as a regular in the startign XI by former boss Thomas Christiansen, he made a bright start, scoring twice and chipping in with two assists in his first league appearance against Burton Albion, but only managed to score five more goals before the Danish manager’s departure, with injury ruling him out of six games along the way.
However, he managed to score his third goal in four games in Paul Heckingbottom’s first game in charge, and Whelan said he was impressed with what he saw after noting a significant change from the German.
He told BBC Radio Leeds’ West Yorkshire Sport Daily (16/02, 18:00): “I did see an improvement in his work-rate the other day against Sheffield United.
“A better style of movement , trying to get away from defenders and take centre halves into the wide areas and out of position, and he was running at defenders.
“Yes, he is not blessed with great pace, he’s a big fellow, but I did like the willingness.
“It shows that someone cares and I did see that improvement in his game.”
To date, Lasogga has scored eight goals and provided four assists for his team mates in 21 appearances across all competitions, and will be hoping to add to that tally when Bristol City visit Elland Road on Sunday.
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