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Leeds United must move on from expensive Pierre-Michel Lasogga

Hamburg are likely to sell Lasogga this summer but Leeds simply must not pay his wages.

Mathew Coull

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Last summer Leeds United had to find a replacement for New Zealand international striker Chris Wood. The Kiwi had left for Burnley in the Premier League and plugging the 30 goal gap left behind was always going to be a struggle.

In the end Leeds managed to bring in German striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga on loan from Hamburg SV.

He has impressed, albeit in stops and starts, for Leeds since making his move. His goal record, 10 goals in 25 games, is respectable and he seems to have won over the Leeds fans. Many will want to see the Lasogga deal become permanent in the summer and that has looked likely. Lasogga’s parent club Hamburg look doomed to relegation from the Bundesliga. They are also struggling financially. Leeds should therefore surely be able to tie up a deal.

But, after reports in Germany today, Leeds must consider an alternative. The report from Hamburger Morgenpost suggests that Hamburg are already preparing for life in 2. Bundesliga. Lasogga would be welcomed back at the club, but they cannot afford his wages. The amount he is reportedly being paid is quite astonishing. ‘MOPO’ reports he is currently earning an incredible wage packet of nearly €4 million annually.

It equates to around £3.6 million-a-year in the UK. For a better footballing reference, that is around £69,000-a week.

Such a fee is astronomical for a Championship striker. It was previously reported that Lasogga was earning £50,000-a-week at Hamburg, with the Yorkshire Evening Post suggesting Leeds were paying just 15 percent of that amount.

And Bild now report that Hamburg will now look to sell Lasogga permanently at the end of this season. Bild’s report suggests that Lasogga is valued at around £2.2 million – but it is his wages that would be the biggest expense.

Even at £50,000-a-week Leeds United would simply not be able to afford the German’s wages. If the fee is in fact £69,000, then Lasogga should quickly become a forgotten footnote in Leeds’ history.

Unless the German takes a massive pay-cut Leeds will be better off finding a cheaper alternative who could easily match the talent of the Hamburg-owned striker.

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Abel Hernandez snubbing CSKA Moscow could spell imminent arrival at Leeds

The 27-year-old has a fine goal scoring record in England.

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Leeds United fans will have been delighted to learn that one of their top transfer prospects Abel Hernandez has recently snubbed CSKA Moscow, as the 27-year-old’s agent told Championat.

The Yorkshire Evening Post report that the Whites have wanted to bring in Hernandez on a free transfer, and are drawing up a contract offer in a bid to lure him away from Hull City.

The 27-year-old boast an impressive record for the Tigers since his move from Palermo back in 2014, firing 29 goals in 45 Championship starts at the KCOM stadium.

He would be the perfect replacement at Leeds for former prolific goalscorer Chris Wood, who the club have failed to replace since his move to the Premier League with Burnley last summer.

Wood won the Championship golden boot in 2017, firing 27 league goals, and the loss of their talisman resulted in United only hitting the net 59 times in the Championship this season.

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Hernandez has missed a huge chunk of the season for Hull with a knee injury, but returned for the final seven games of the season, scoring five and grabbing one assist to ensure the Tigers’ avoided the drop and finished 18th in the Championship.

The striker’s contract concludes this summer, which means that he can leave his current side as a free agent. With Leeds the front-runners to sign the Uruguayan it will surely get fans excited for the side manager Paul Heckingbottom could put together next season.

Despite him leaving Hull on a free transfer, Hernandez’s agent, Oscar Bentancourt, has put a significant price tag on the forward’s new deal, and this has caused the Urugyuan to reject an approach from Russian outfit CSKA Moscow.

It is suggested that the 27-year-old would prefer to remain in the English Football League and, if Leeds can meet his wage demands, they will have the opportunity to add a prolific scorer to their ranks.

Heckingbottom’s summer clear-out, combined with further additions, could see a more balanced Leeds, ready to launch a serious promotion charge – something the Yorkshire side have failed to do since their promotion from League One in 2010.

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Leeds United boss Paul Heckingbottom must target Adam Armstrong reunion

The England youth international worked with Leeds United’s boss at Barnsley.

Mathew Coull

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Newcastle United are said to be open to the idea of letting Adam Armstrong leave the club permanently this summer. The Chronicle report that Rafa Benitez has decided the young forward has no long-term future at the club and that a cash departure should be on the cards this summer.

It is a real blow for the attacker, a local lad who has always shown plenty of promise to become a future Newcastle starter. However, it seems he is just not considered good enough to become a starter at St James’ Park.

But his apparent availability will undoubtedly interest a number of clubs. One team that should certainly be keen on his signature is Leeds United.

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Leeds need to revamp their attacking options for next season, with a lack of a goal scoring striker a major reason behind their failings last term.

Current Leeds boss Paul Heckingbottom is also a fan of the player. He signed Armstrong on loan whilst Barnsley manager. Unfortunately, he struggled for his best form when he was with the Tykes but Heckingbottom often praised his hard work and natural ability.

That is something Armstrong is certainly not short of.

When Armstrong was captaining England’s youth teams and scoring goals for fun plenty of comparisons were being made with Wayne Rooney. Their similar build and playing style certainly led to an easy resemblance.

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The 21-year-old only scored six goals in 35 appearances for Barnsley in 2016-17 but he had previously netted 20 in 40 games for Coventry City. In the second half of this season, he scored nine goals and assisted two for Blackburn Rovers in their promotion push. His form saw Leeds United loanee Marcus Antonsson struggling for game time as Armstrong won the February Player of the Month in League One.

What Armstrong has is bags of pedigree and potential. The England youth international simply needs a chance to play football on a regular basis under a manager who believes in him. At Leeds, the 21-year-old would have exactly that.

His signature makes perfect sense for everyone involved.

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Felix Wiedwald’s misery compounded as his Werder Bremen replacement thrives

Whilst the German has flopped at Leeds United, Jiri Pavlenka has been a revelation.

Mathew Coull

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Last summer Leeds United decided they needed a new goalkeeper. In the end, they snapped up German goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald from Werder Bremen in a deal reported to be worth around £500,000 by the Yorkshire Evening Post.

In fairness, at the time it looked like an absolute bargain. The German had been in impressive form at the Weserstadion the season previous. Popular with the fans at the club, his departure was not welcomed by the supporters at the Bundesliga club.

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Wiedwald has not created a similar bond with the Leeds supporters. The German has put in a string of poor performances throughout the campaign. Eventually, he found himself dropped. First, it was Andy Lonergan who came in. When the veteran was not up to the task Wiedwald got another go. Again, he was poor, and academy ‘keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell took over with aplomb.

The 28-year-old is now expected to move on in the summer, with a return to Germany likely to be on the cards.

However, it is unlikely he will be returning to Werder Bremen.

To compound the misery for Wiedwald, not many fans at his former club are missing him. The club snapped up Czech goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka from Slavia Prague to take his place last summer. He has since gone on to be a revelation in between the sticks for the club.

Fussball Transfers heralded him as the best goalkeeper signing in the Bundesliga last season and the Bundesliga official website has declared him the natural successor to Petr Cech for his country. The man dubbed the ‘gloved guardian angel’ by the German press has been a revelation. For many, he has been the best goalkeeper in the Bundesliga this season with his YouTube highlight reel a thing of beauty.

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Wiedwald meanwhile has his own YouTube tribute from Leeds fans, which dubs him ‘the worst professional goalkeeper in the world.’

It has been whirlwind 12 months for Wiedwald, who has gone from fan favourite at his former club to forgotten man amongst his old and new fans.

The Leeds United flop needs the right move this summer in order to get his career back on track.

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