When the deal to sell Chris Wood to Burnley was announced, most fans were disappointed, but understood the decision. After all, if the player didn’t want to be at Leeds United anymore, it was better to sell and let him move on, then it was to let contract disputes fester and ruin the morale of the team. The question of course then was who would replace Wood and his 30 goals for Leeds?
The club brought in a few strikers right at the deadline, with Jay-Roy Grot joining from NEC Nijmegen in the Netherlands, Pawel Cibicki joining from Malmo FF, and finally, Pierre-Michel Lasogga joining from Hamburger SV in the Bundesliga. Lasogga had been on the outs at Hamburg, at it was hoped that a change of scenery would do him some good.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga's debut vs. Burton:— Gary mortimore (@Morts8) September 10, 2017
100% pass acc.
3 chances created
1 woodwork shot
Take a bow, son.
And for awhile, it seemed the change of pace did the big German wonders. His debut against Burton Albion was one dreams are made of, as he scored two goals and assisted on another. If it wasn’t for the woodwork, he would have had a hat-trick on his debut, just like Samu Saiz had on his debut against Port Vale in the League Cup.
Even after Leeds seemed to stumble a bit against Millwall, it was Lasogga that scored the first goal against Ipswich Town, as the club won an important match at home to stay near the top of the table. Lasogga was even named the Leeds player of the month for September after scoring three goals in five matches.
Lasogga vs. Sheff Utd:— Chris Taylor (@LUFCDATA) October 28, 2017
Headers won: 4
Touches in opposition box: 1
Chances created: 0
Re: Lasogga "German striker, who touched the ball 12 times in 77 minutes versus Reading" If true that's shocking, but not surprising. #lufc— Jo Bedford (@LoCo_JoJo) October 17, 2017
The last two home matches, however, have not been so kind to Lasogga. He’s looked off the pace and has had absolutely no impact whatsoever against both Reading FC and Sheffield United. And while there has to be some questions of the amount of service that he received in both matches, his effort seemed to be completely absent. Both teams use a three centre-back system, focused on shutting down the lone striker. And while both teams have gone out to make it tough for Lasogga, instead of rising to the occasion, he has disappeared and not made any impact at all.
Lasogga looked good against Bristol City, but that was with Saiz and Kalvin Phillips causing problems behind him, pulling the central defenders out of position. Either Lasogga needs another player to get into the box so that he isn’t isolated or he just isn’t good enough to play as a lone striker against good Championship defences. If he can’t do it alone, Christiansen needs to drop him or play a second striker to get into the box to take pressure away from Lasogga. Either way, will the real Lasogga please stand up? He’s been amazing at times, and at other times he’s looked like a passenger, unable to make any impact on the match at all.