German magazine SportBild have been speaking to Hamburg Sporting Director Jens Todt. It’s no surprise that as part of the chat, things came around to Pierre-Michel Lasogga, with the striker moving to Leeds United on loan for the season, and Hamburg continuing to pay a percentage of his wages.

It’s not a great transfer situation for HSV, and Lasogga’s instant Leeds United impact was covered widely in Germany. Should the striker carry on as he’s started, and score a good number of goals this season, then Hamburg, currently struggling for the same, will end up looking silly.

Todt, being the sporting director, will be most responsible.

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But Todt thinks it was inevitable that Lasogga would do just great on loan somewhere else, telling SportBild: “It always happens when a player who doesn’t get enough games, one can think about a loan together. With Pierre now it’s exactly what one expects to happen: The player is bet upon, flourishes and possibly returns well.”

That is simply not what everyone expected to happen. Indeed, if Hamburg thought there was a tune to get out of Lasogga he’d likely still be there rather than at Leeds United.