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Pierre-Michel Lasogga was an absolute beast for Leeds United

A breakdown of the striker’s two debut goals

Hamburger SV v Werder Bremen - Bundesliga Photo by Oliver Hardt/Bongarts/Getty Images

Two goals.

That’s not only how many goals Pierre-Michel Lasogga has scored for Leeds United in his one match in the 2017-18 season, in only one match and in only 62 minutes.

That’s also literally the same number of goals he scored in all competitions for Hamburger SV last season.

True story.

The striker who had an outside chance of being on Germany’s World Cup roster ended his HSV career with a whimper after starting it with a shout. He scored 13 goals in 20 appearances for HSV in 2013-14 while on loan from Hertha Berlin, but was never able to recapture that goal-scoring magic for the club once a permanent deal was signed.

It now looks like HSV’s loss is going to be Leeds United’s gain. He had a dream debut with two goals and even had a third denied by the woodwork. He never let up, making good runs and did everything that you would expect a traditional number nine to do.

The first goal. First off, the through ball from Eunan O’Kane was goddamn perfect. Weighted just right, put right at Lasogga’s feet. Then, and it appears that Lasogga takes just a wee touch of the ball to put it right in front of him, out of reach of the two Burton defenders.

And then the left-footed shot to put it past the out-stretched keeper.


Lasogga’s second goal isn’t quite as “sexy” as his first goal, but it’s quite impressive as well. First, Kemar Roofe does well to get free down the left hand side of the box and is given approximately 20 years of time and space to do what he wishes with the ball. And the pass by Samu Saiz to pick him out? Filthy. Like, not fair, not at all.

Roofe has time to pick out his spot, and he just hangs the ball into the middle of the box, and Lasogga accelerates and explodes into the ball, leaving the poor keeper with no chance to save it. Absolutely glorious.

He’s right, you know, this is literally the stuff of dreams. His nightmare in Northern Germany is over and he’s now been reborn in Yorkshire.

I still think he should have been back in Germany with his partner, but all’s well that ends well. He scored a pair of amazing goals, set up another, and Leeds made a statement to the rest of the Championship.