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.