Last summer Leeds United found themselves in need of a new striker after the departure of Chris Wood to Burnley. But rather than investing the £15 million they received for him from Burnley, they instead snapped up German striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga on loan for the season.
Of course, Lasogga arrived with a reputation for being a talented, if not slightly misunderstood individual. But it seemed as though he was going to be a hit after scoring twice on debut in the 5-0 win over Burton Albion.
However, that was not a precursor for what was to come. Lasogga’s season went in spits and spurts. After scoring five goals in his first 10 appearances he went on a barren spell. Then, another scoring streak, five goals in six games.
Unfortunately, he has not scored since February and appeared to say ‘Auf Wiedersehen’ to Leeds on Snapchat this week, with a goodbye message posted from Leeds Bradford airport.
The weekend saw Lasogga’s parent club Hamburg relegated. That eventuality saw the possibility of Leeds signing Lasogga increase. The German side, who had never before been relegated from the Bundesliga, are in financial trouble and removing Lasogga from their wage bill will be something of a priority this summer.
But it seems Leeds boss Paul Heckingbottom was not keen on the player and, in fairness, rightly so.
Lasogga has a lot of charm and certainly can be a potent striker on his day. The problem was that day was becoming a rarer and rarer occurrence. Factor in the fact he is on extremely high wages with his current club and Leeds are right to decide Lasogga is not a permanent option for the club.
This summer Leeds must finally replace Wood if they are to sustain a Championship promotion challenge. But whilst signing Lasogga may have just become easier, they are right to be avoiding that temptation this summer.