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Noel Whelan comments on Pierre-Michel Lasogga

Hamburg's forward Pierre-Michel Lasogga reacts after Nicolai Mueller scored during the German first division Bundesliga football match Borussia Moenchengladbach vs Hamburger SV in...

Leeds United signed Pierre-Michel Lasogga on Thursday.

Hamburg's forward Pierre-Michel Lasogga reacts after Nicolai Mueller scored during the German first division Bundesliga football match Borussia Moenchengladbach vs Hamburger SV in...

Speaking to talkSPORT 2 on Thursday night, Noel Whelan says that he wants to see Leeds United new boy Pierre-Michel Lasogga replacing Kemar Roofe up front.

Leeds lost Chris Wood in a £15 million deal to Premier League side Burnley last month.

Losing such a player - who scored 30 goals last season - gave United the unenviable task of replacing him but Roofe looked like he was up to the challenge.

Hamburg's forward Pierre-Michel Lasogga reacts after Nicolai Mueller scored during the German first division Bundesliga football match Borussia Moenchengladbach vs Hamburger SV in...

The 24-year-old netted four goals in two games as Leeds' central striker - including a hat-trick in a League Cup win over Newport County - but the Whites' recruitment of Lasogga might suggest that Thomas Christiansen wants another option.

Physically, Lasogga, who joined the Elland Road club on a season-long loan from Hamburg yesterday, is a lot more similar to Wood than Roofe is, and Whelan wants the 25-year-old to be the targetman which Leeds lost by selling the New Zealand hitman.

Pierre Michel Lasogga (L) of Hamburg and Ilkay Guendogan (R) of Dortmund compete for the ball during the First Bundesliga match between Hamburger SV and  Borussia Dortmund at...

He told talkSPORT, when told that Lasogga would wear Wood's number nine shirt: "Yeah that's the number we needed to replace after losing Chris Wood. Roofe has done fantastically well, scoring four goals in his two games [up front].

"But we need a targetman with the way we're playing at the moment and we need that strength in depth."

Leeds also signed Jay-Roy Grot last week, another striker physically similar to Wood, and of course the injured Caleb Ekuban, so it remains to be seen whether Roofe does have a role to play up front.

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