In Focus: Lasogga needs to improve strike rate if he’s to fill Wood’s shoes

As reported by The Daily Mail, Leeds United are closing in on the signing of Hamburg striker Pierre-Michel Lassoga.

What’s the story?

With English Premier League clubs circling for goalscoring talent Chris Wood this summer, Leeds United need to make contingency plans should a club make an offer they can’t refuse for the New Zealand international.

To that end, The Daily Mail report that the club are close to securing a loan-to-buy deal for Hamburg high earner Lassoga.

The paper say the Bundesliga club are keen to shed the player from their wage bill and the Elland Road club are confident of completing a deal for a player they’ve been tracking for a long time.

Is he any good?

Lasogga certainly has some goalscoring pedigree behind him but he’s struggled in recent seasons to capture the kind of form that won him a move to Hamburg in 2013.

Bursting onto the Bundesliga scene with Hertha Berlin, he scored 24 goals in 70 top-flight appearances there before making his big move. He had an excellent debut season for Hamburg, scoring 15 goals in 24 appearances, but since then has failed to score over eight goals in a single season.

Still, a fresh start in Leeds could do him the world of good and still just 25 years of age, he has plenty of time to find his feet in English football and become a success.

If he is to truly replace Chris Wood though, he’ll need to tap into the best of his form. The New Zealander did score 30 goals in all competitions after all.