When Pierre-Michel Lasogga was shipped off to Leeds United on loan from Hamburg, he was pretty much forced out of the German club.
They wanted to get his big wages off the bill and Lasogga was told he’d at best be on the bench, and more likely be in the stands, if he went against the club and refused a transfer.
The striker’s time at Leeds was very mixed, there were patches of good form and it’s unfair to call his time in England a failure. Meanwhile, in Germany, Hamburg were getting themselves relegated for the first time in the club’s history.
Perhaps if they hadn’t sent their player to Leeds it wouldn’t have happened.
They’re currently second in Bundesliga 2 and looking good for promotion. Lasogga has scored 16 goals so far this season, and is once again a hero at the club.
But his contract expires in the summer and in order for a renewal, he’d need to take a huge pay cut. The suggestion from Bild is that he’d have to take more than a 50% pay cut to stay, and this is thought to be ‘highly unlikely’.
A return to England is suggested as something the player would fancy, and it’s stated ‘He liked it at Leeds’.
Bild believe 27 year old Lasogga could have ‘fun’ with a free transfer to the Premier League.