Andy Ritchie: New boys will increase the competition up front at Leeds United

Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Victor Orta.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Victor Orta.
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YOU have to ask did Leeds United need to replace Chris Wood – after all of the goals that Kemar Roofe has been scoring.

But you always need strikers and Leeds have done some good business with Chris Wood going to Burnley.

Thomas Christiansen. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

Thomas Christiansen. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

Wood obviously got off the mark in the Premiership the other day for them when scoring that late equaliser against Tottenham at Wembley.

But Leeds obviously want another player in a similar vein to Wood and hopefully new Hamburg loanee Pierre-Michel Lasogga will regain his mojo if he hasn’t been playing.

Hamburg must think something of him and think that he has still got something about him if Leeds have not been able to get him on a permanent deal.

Hamburg must think that maybe there’s more to come and maybe this might re-light his fire for that.

Leeds are bringing a lot of forward players in and there’s going to be some good competition there.

Andy Ritchie

The Bundesliga is a very good league but it is a bit like the Spanish league in terms of the usual suspects winning the big titles.

Teams like Bayern Munich and Dortmund are always the ones to beat. But I think it’s a good league.

How does it compare to the Championship and how will Lasogga fare? You can never tell because I don’t think any league is like the Championship.

All of our leagues here are very ‘up and at them’, very quick and physical and I think anyone coming to one of the English leagues from abroad does need a bit of time to bed in and get used to the way that it’s played.

Stuart Dallas scores against Sunderland.

Stuart Dallas scores against Sunderland.

I don’t think it will be any different for Lasogga.

But you can also look at what Samuel Saiz has done as he’s come in and it hasn’t taken him very long.

There are some players that can just come in and get on with it and let’s hope he is one of them.

Lasogga is tall and looks well built and I think that can definitely help because the Championship is a tough and physical league – it always has been.

It’s always the hardest to get out of and the hardest to get in.

The other Deadline Day signing, Pawel Cibicki, also looks worth a punt. Why not?

I don’t know much about him but I’m sure we will find out soon enough what he is like.

Leeds are bringing a lot of forward players in and there’s going to be some good competition there.

Thomas Christiansen has got plenty of options there and the lads that don’t seem to be getting in are the lads that were there in the other regime really.

But one of those players, Stuart Dallas, has signed a new three-year deal and I like Stuart.

I think he’s one of those that’s a seven or eight out of ten all of the time.

He’s very consistent, he’s a good footballer and a good pro and he works really hard.

You need that, people to work hard and with Dallas you know he is going to be up and down that pitch.

I think him getting a new deal is a good signing.

In terms of how Leeds have started this season they have put a marker down, they are playing well and they are up there.

So can they win promotion? Why not? They have got a chance but it’s a marathon not a sprint.

I know that the fans are pretty happy, they have been okay with the manager and what’s been going on and that’s a big thing for the manager – to be accepted after what was done last year by Garry Monk.

That was a bit of a void to fill and Thomas Christiansen had a bit of a pedestal to climb up to.

But he has started very, very well.