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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 Nash

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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.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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Leeds United round-up: Hosseini snub, Maddison not happening and Bamford hopes

A selection of the latest news and gossip from Leeds United.

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Hosseini said no

Leeds United wanted Majid Hosseini this summer, according to reports in Turkey. Gazete Damga report that Marcelo Bielsa wanted to sign the Iranian from Esteghal this summer.

However, that deal never happened. The Iranian international, who played at the World Cup this summer, snubbed Leeds as he had already made a verbal promise to Trabzonspor regarding a move to Turkey.

It is the second Iranian linked with Leeds this week, following reports Leeds are tracking Morteza Pouraliganji.

Maddison unlikely

Leeds United are unlikely to go for Peterborough United playmaker Marcus Maddison this month.

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The Posh midfielder has long been linked with Leeds and there have been suggestions the Whites might swoop with a loan-to-buy offer this month.

However, Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay doubts such a move is or ever was in the pipeline.

Bamford hopes

New Leeds striker Patrick Bamford believes the ‘sky is the limit’ under the management of Marcelo Bielsa at Elland Road.

The £7 million summer signing from Middlesbrough was speaking to The Yorkshire Post today about his hopes at his new club.

Bamford believes Leeds have the chance for plenty of success with their new manager.

The striker scored his first goal for the club in the League Cup win v Bolton Wanderers this week.

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Leeds United must loan Yosuke Ideguchi to English club to get the best out of Japan international

The Japan international could be sent out on loan again this month.

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In January, Leeds United secured the signature of Japan international Yosuke Ideguchi. The central midfielder arrived from Gamba Osaka for a reported fee in the region of £500,000. However, he did not stick around at Leeds for long.

He was sent out on loan to Cultural Leonesa in Spain. Something of a sister squad because of their links to Leeds director Ivan Bravo it was felt the Japan international was better off in Spain’s second tier.

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That did not prove to be the case. Ideguchi struggled for regular football in Spain and his loan club were relegated from the second tier. It meant Ideguchi missed out on a place in the Japan squad for the World Cup this summer.

This season, it appears first-team football will again be hard to come by at Elland Road. Marcelo Bielsa has even suggested a loan deal might be in Ideguchi’s future.

But if that is the case, Leeds must keep him in England.


“We haven’t made a decision yet. By the end of August the club will take the best decision for the player.”

– Marcelo Bielsa on Ideguchi’s future


There will be plenty of Championship and League One teams after a player of Ideguchi’s quality before the end of the month.

The 21-year-old needs to start learning how to play the game in England. It is a tough task transitioning from football in the J-League to the Championship, but having him play in Spain again will do little to teach him the ropes.

Leeds must find a team in the UK to take Ideguchi on board. Then he will be on the track to a shot at Leeds in the near future.

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Jack Grealish valuation must make Leeds United wonder about Samuel Saiz

The Leeds United playmaker has been in fine form this season.

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Leeds United are through to the next round of the League Cup, after beating Championship rivals Bolton Wanderers last night. The Whites, who are thriving under new manager Marcelo Bielsa, won 2-1, with goals from new signing Patrick Bamford and Spanish magician Samuel Saiz.

The latter once again put in a fantastic performance. The Spaniard has become a cult hero at Leeds and with performances like this it is easy to see why.  

Of course such form will not go unnoticed. Saiz put in excellent displays last season, before a six-game suspension for spitting threw him off kilter.

Such form saw him become the subject of transfer interest back in his homeland this summer. Fichajes reported that Valencia, Huesca and Getafe were all keen on the player. A bid of £8 million was even reported to have been made, but was swiftly rejected by the Whites.

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Leeds fans will no doubt fear such interest, but will also wonder just how much he is worth. When considering Aston Villa wanted a reported £35 million for Jack Grealish, a player many Leeds fans would suggest is inferior, then £8 million does not even come close.

The real hope will be Saiz can keep up the form for an entire season. If he can do that, Leeds might be looking at promotion, which will make the thought of selling him seem ridiculous.

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