The Hertha Berlin striker who is scoring goals for fun in the Bundesliga
The Bundesliga is fast-emerging as one of the strongest leagues in Europe, arguably the strongest, and it is producing world-class players at a frightening pace.
Mesut Ozil became Arsenal’s record signing during the summer, and the list of other stars who have been touted for moves to the Premier League is increasingly extensive.
To name but a few: SC Freiburg’s Mathias Ginter, VFB Stuttgart’s Marco Rojas and Bernd Leno of Bayer Leverkusen have all been the subject of attention from English clubs.
But so far, the name of Pierre-Michel Lasogga has stayed pretty firmly under the radar.
Lasogga, 21, is on a season-long loan at Hamburger SV from Hertha Berlin, and the young German striker is in a rich vein of form, scoring eight goals so far, with two against Bayer Leverkusen at the weekend. Yet there remains little interest from the Premier League so far.
That may change at the end of the season if Lasogga continues his goal-scoring exploits. The likes of Arsenal and Tottenham, who are both currently short of a prolific striker, may both be tempted to make move for Lasogga if they cannot address the problem in January.
Lasogga is also attracting interest from other German sides, with Schalke among his admirers, but Hertha Berlin will wait until the end of the season to decide his future.
Hertha head coach Jos Luhukay told Berliner Zeitung newspaper: “Pierre-Michel Lasogga will return to our club next summer. We will then sit down with him and review his situation in detail.
“He has a contract at our club for one more season. Of course, we want everyone to feel fine and will therefore consider good solutions.”
Lasogga has suffered a somewhat injury-disrupted past. After an impressive 2011-12 season, he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury, and was out for almost a year.
However, with that injury now behind him, the young forward is scoring goals regularly, and it would be no surprise to England’s top sides make enquiries at the end of the season.
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