Leeds United v Burton Albion: Christiansen coy on Lasogga’s involvement

Pierre-Michel Lasogga.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga.
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LEEDS UNITED head coach Thomas Christiansen said news of father-to-be Pierre-Michel Lasogga’s possible involvement against Burton Albion would only be revealed one hour before kick-off.

Striker Lasogga joined Leeds on a season-long loan from Hamburg on transfer deadline day but the German striker’s girlfriend is due to give birth to the couple’s first child tomorrow.

Thomas Christiansen.

Thomas Christiansen.

Lasogga, though, has already declared that he fully intends to be present at Elland Road for the visit of Burton Albion today, insisting: “first I will look at the football.”

But Christiansen has refused to confirm whether or not the German will feature against the Brewers with the Dane clearly feeling empathy for the tricky situation Lasogga is faced with.

Leeds are in action twice in four days with United also welcoming Championship visitors Birmingham City to Elland Road on Tuesday evening.

Asked if Lasogga would make his Whites debut against the Brewers, Christiansen said: “We will see. On Saturday, when we have the line up, you will see if he is in or not.

“It is a difficult situation because to become a dad is something special and I am not the one to take this away.

“I hope (the birth) it will be after the Birmingham game and then he will have a few days.”

Lasogga’s girlfriend had remained in Germany following the striker’s move to Elland Road and the forward said earlier this week that he was fully prepared to play against Burton.

“Of course it’s very important that the baby’s coming but first I will look at the football,” said Lasogga. “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.”

Christiansen, meanwhile, has been keen to stress that Leeds have other options up front too.

Asked if Lasogga was a direct replacement for last season’s top goalscorer Chris Wood who has been sold to Burnley, Christiansen reasoned: “He’s not the only striker we have brought in. But he is a very good striker, experienced, and from what I have seen and from what I knew about him before is that he has a confidence when he is in front of the goal.

“His abilities are very good.”

Leeds remain unbeaten under Christiansen with the Whites sat third after five league games and just one point behind second-placed Ipswich Town.

Christiansen was pipped to the August manager of the month award by Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock whose Bluebirds top the division with five wins out of five.