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Morning Leeds-in for 21 January: Is Pierre-Michel Lasogga back?

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After yesterday’s performance, does this mean that Pierre-Michel Lasogga is back?

The loanee from Hamburger SV has been an enigma for Leeds this season. After he first joined, he looked like the steal of the century. He had a brilliant debut for the club against Burton Albion, and Leeds were cruising.

However after a few weeks, something seemed off. Against Reading FC, he looked listless and lazy. He played great against Bristol City in the win at Ashton Gate, but then returned to poor performances again, finally getting hauled off at half-time against Brentford. This match today marked his first start in the Championship since November.

He started out this match by not connecting on a couple shots that would seemed simple for a player with his pedigree, but then in the second half he turned it on. His second goal is something that Leeds fans have been waiting to see from him, a spectacular finish from some good build-up play.

If Lasogga can play like he did in the second half the rest of the season, Leeds will have a very good chance at getting in the playoffs. Let’s hope, for everyone’s sake, that he keeps playing like he did today, because we all love that Lasogga.

On to the links.

Leeds United Links

Mike did the recap of a very strange, but ultimately deflating, match against Millwall. [Through It All Together]

Jack rated the players. [Through It All Together]

Leeds are headed to Spain for training next week. Can they learn how NOT to get red cards? It’s getting a bit silly. [Yorkshire Evening Post]

England and English Football Links

A round up of all the action from the Championship yesterday. [Sky Sports]

Everton’s James McCarthy suffered a double leg break in the 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion. [Royal Blue Mersey]

A look at what happened in the Premier League yesterday. []

World Football Links

Leon Goretka leaves Schalke 04 for Bayern Munich. [Bavarian Football Works]

Despite winning a penalty, which was promptly missed by Avilés Hurtado, Monterrey was held to a 0-0 draw at home against Tijuana. [FMF State of Mind]

Gus Poyet was named manager of Ligue 1 side Bordeaux. []