Cyle Larin and Pierre-Michel Lasogga are both fine long-term options for Leeds, but their team could not incorporate both.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga has enjoyed a fine start to life with Leeds United, scoring twice on his debut and featuring in two wins as his new side moved top of the Championship.
And ahead of the 25-year-old’s season-long loan move from Hamburg, the Daily Mail reported – in their live blog, August 12 (14:33) – that Leeds had been looking at a permanent deal to follow the temporary switch.
Lasogga’s early form would certainly justify such a swoop – especially if he can lead Leeds towards promotion to the Premier League.
And so it would make little sense if Thomas Christiansen’s side looked to bring in Orlando City SC’s Cyle Larin in January, as reported in the print edition of the Sun on Sunday.
Larin would suit Leeds’ system, offering a like-for-like replacement for both Chris Wood and Lasogga, with his best work coming as a finisher in the penalty area.
Coming from Major League Soccer, too, he would represent a cheap option, with players from America’s premier division rarely fetching a hefty fee.
But Leeds would have to fight off competition for Larin – with the original report detailing Besiktas’ interest – and the Canada international would certainly not be prepared to take a backseat and serve as a back-up to Lasogga.
If the Yorkshire club are to push through with a deal for Lasogga, either in January or at the end of the season, moving for Larin too would present all kinds of selection problems.