What on earth is going on with Pierre-Michel Lasogga at Elland Road. Per The Express, the Hamburg loanee has been absent from the matchday squad for Leeds United's two most recent Championship games against Middlesbrough and Wolves.
While the official line emerging from the club is that Lasogga is suffering from an illness, manager Thomas Christiansen was very coy when asked about the nature of the striker’s problem, choosing to deflect attention away from the issue.
And confusion reigned further when fellow Leeds striker Caleb Ekuban indicated that Lasogga could be missing for the next few weeks.
While Kicker (via Football Transfers) reported earlier this month that cash-strapped Bundesliga side Hamburg would allow Lasogga to stay at Leeds beyond this season (the German is one of the highest earners in Hamburg’s squad), this unwelcome drama has now cast doubt on a potential deal.
Days are numbered?
As has reports in The Mail suggesting that Leeds are scouting two prolific strikers ahead of possible moves in January. The report claims that The Whites sent scouts to watch former Borussia Dortmund frontman Marvin Ducksch at the weekend.
The 23-year-old, on loan at Holsten Kiel from St Pauli, has scored 11 goals in 16 games in the German second tier this season – making him the league’s most prolific marksman.
And it is understood that Leeds are also tracking Red Bull Salzburg’s Israeli international Moanes Dabour, who has also been in fine form this season with 13 goals in 18 games for the Austrian side.
Are the signs now suggesting that Lasogga’s future lies away from Elland Road or is this all just one unfortunate coincidence?