New Leeds United signing Pierre-Michel Lasogga will make himself available for a debut against Burton Albion this weekend despite the impending arrival of his first child.
The former Germany Under-21 international, who joined on a season-long loan from Hamburg on transfer deadline day, said he would be at Elland Road on Saturday regardless of the possibility of his partner giving birth at the same time.
The pair’s baby is due on Sunday and Lasogga’s girlfriend remained in Germany last week as the striker travelled to Leeds to finalise negotiations over a switch to United. He took part in his first training session with the club at Thorp Arch on Monday and is competing for a place in head coach Thomas Christiansen’s squad ahead of Burton’s visit to Elland Road.
United, whose form in August left them third in the Championship at the start of the international break, are attempting to maintain their unbeaten start to the season and the battle for places up front is beginning in earnest following the £15m sale of leading forward Chris Wood to Burnley.
Lasogga was one of three strikers brought in to replace Wood, along with Dutchman Jay-Roy Grot and Sweden’s Pawel Cibicki. Kemar Roofe, meanwhile, has staked his claim with four goals in his last two appearances.
The imminent birth of Lasogga’s child raised the possibility of Leeds delaying his debut but the 25-year-old insisted he is determined to feature this weekend.
“Of course it’s very important that the baby’s coming but first I will look at the football,” Lasogga said.
“If the baby comes on Saturday, first I have to play and then I’ll look at what happens.
“It’s (due) this Sunday and I hope the baby comes a little bit later but I’ll be happy when it does because it’ll make it a lot easier! At the moment I’m here. When the baby comes, I hope I can go to Germany.”
Lasogga has two years left on his Hamburg contract but was surplus to requirements at the Bundesliga side after four seasons on their books.
Aston Villa were heavily linked with him in the closing days of the transfer window but United pushed through a deal to make him their final signing of the summer.
Lasogga, a player whose career has also taken him to Bayer Leverkusen and Hertha Berlin, said: “It’s my first time in England. I spent all my time in Germany but now I’ll try my best here.
“It’s been a dream since I was a small boy to play in England and also in the Premier League.
“Maybe we’ll get the chance to go up into the Premier League and then we’ll see what happens next year with me. Maybe I can play here with Leeds in the Premier League.”