At the end of the winter transfer window, Hamburg were reportedly one of the clubs who made an attempt to take Aleksandar Mitrovic on loan from Newcastle United.

It seemed an odd situation, given they were so eager to get rid of Pierre-Michel Lasogga in the summer. Mitrovic has similar qualities and would also have come with high wages, and yet Lasogga was sent off packing to Leeds with something of a ‘good riddance’ message, and HSV had to continue paying part of his salary.

This season Hamburg have struggled for goals, and it’s all led to German newspaper Aichacher Nschrichten calling the decision to send Lasogga to Leeds ‘just stupid’.

Pretty much forced out of Hamburg, Lasogga has this week spoken of being more comfortable at Leeds United because he feels there’s more faith in him.

The 26 year old has 7 goals so far this season, Hamburg’s top goalscorer is Filip Kostic, and he’s found the back of the net just four times.

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But all isn’t lost, Lasogga’s loan runs out with the end of the season, and he’ll still have a year left on his Hamburg deal. The German report says he’d return with a ‘renewed confidence’, and that can be a good thing for the struggling Bundesliga club.

Yet Hamburg could be relegated by then, and Lasogga won’t be able to forget all what happened at the club previously, and the comments following his exit. There’s every chance the player wouldn’t be so keen on a return, and instead look to a fresh move elsewhere.

Lasogga may be ‘what Hamburg are missing’, but is he really missing them?