Leeds United have announced the loan signing of Hamburg striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga. It was important that the club signed a new striker to replace Chris Wood and they have brought one in with a good pedigree. He will take the number nine shirt and supporters will be hoping that he wears it well.
Thomas Christiansen has had a busy summer and the club have changed their recruitment policy, as they have favoured players from abroad. Lasogga is the club’s 16th signing in a summer of squad upheaval.
Who is Pierre-Michel Lasogga?
The German striker has had an interesting career to date, as he has played for three clubs since making his debut in senior football. As a young player, he had a seven-year spell at Schalke, but he never broke into the first team. Bayer Leverkusen was his first club in senior football, but he only ever played for their second team.
His first team debut came at Hertha Berlin and he managed to build a good reputation for himself there with 22 goals in 64 matches. This earned him a loan move to Hamburg and he scored 13 goals during a successful spell. He scored a Bundesliga goal every 113.2 minutes, which convinced the club to make the move permanent. Although he hasn’t been as successful since that season, he has scored another 13 league goals for the club.
What is the deal?
The Leeds United official site reports that he arrives on a season-long loan deal from Hamburg, but they don’t give any further details. Supporters will be hoping that there is an option to make the move permanent.
What will his role be at Elland Road?
The club’s decision to give him the number nine shirt speaks volumes for their faith in him. It is likely that he is given the chance to become the first-choice striker. His experience in the Bundesliga means that he has good pedigree and the club will be hoping that he can recapture his form from the 2013/14 season. There was talk of a Premier League move after that campaign, but he decided to stay at Hamburg. It will be interesting to see if he can make the adjustment to the Championship, but he is a striker with a lot of power. The physicality should suit him.