Leeds United’s excellent start to the new season continued yesterday with a 2-0 win against Rotherham United. It was a tougher assignment than their previous Championship successes this season. However, goals from Luke Ayling and Kemar Roofe gave them all three points.
It seems Roofe has a new lease of life for Leeds under new manager Marcelo Bielsa. His performances have been excellent and it appears he is the goal-getter for Leeds this term.
Last season, that was a burden pushed upon loan signing Pierre-Michel Lasogga. The German big man was tasked with replicating the form of Chris Wood, who had joined Burnley that summer.
At first, it seemed the former Germany under-21 star would do it. But his form came in two short bursts. The rest of the time, the Hamburg loanee was simply not up to scratch.
This summer Leeds decided not to make a permanent move for his services. With parent club Hamburg relegated to the 2.Bundesliga for the first time, he remained with the club as they aim to win promotion back to the top-flight.
Yesterday, he scored his first goals since returning to the club. They came in the DFB Pokal, Germany’s FA Cup. Hamburg were facing lower league opposition in TuS Erndtebruck and were level 2-2 at the time.
Lasogga was subbed into the game and scored twice in two minutes to give Hamburg a 4-2 lead in an eventual 5-3 triumph.
They were his first goals since netting against Derby County in February.
Leeds fans will no doubt wish Lasogga all the best in his own quest for promotion. But in theirs? It looks like Roofe and Patrick Bamford are far better options.