Leeds United striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga needs to shed some weight in order to be effective for the full 90 minutes in the Championship, according to former player Noel Whelan.

The German scored as his side defeated Bristol City 3-0 at the weekend, his fourth goal since joining on loan for the season from Bundesliga outfit Hamburg.

However, despite an excellent individual display, Whelan saw fit to take a slight dig at the forward after the game, stating that Lasogga could be more effective if he slimmed down and became more mobile in the final third.

“I think that’s tiredness creeping in [late in the game],” the ex-Whites hitman told BBC Radio Leeds.

“He [Lasogga] is a big lad, he still needs to lose a little bit of that if he can and lighten himself up and be a little bit more mobile, but maybe that is not his game.”

Whelan’s comments come as something as a surprise given the key role Lasogga has played for Leeds so far this term.

The powerful front man has proven to be a big hit at Elland Road in his short time at the club, with his four strikes coming in just seven league appearances.

Perhaps even more impressive is his creative influence for the Yorkshire giants; Lasogga has provided four assists for his team-mates, the most recent of which came on Saturday as he teed up Samuel Saiz to open the scoring in the fourth minute at Ashton Gate.

The Spaniard doubled the lead 10 minutes later and the scoreline remained the same until Lasogga powered in a near-post header midway through the second half.

Both sides were reduced to 10 men late in the game following a clash between Gaetano Berardi and Matty Taylor, but by that time the result was in little doubt.

The three points lifted Leeds back into fourth position after a poor run of form, whilst the Robins, who had not been beaten in 12 encounters across all competitions coming into this one, slipped to seventh.

Next up for Thomas Christiansen’s Whites is a trip to the King Power Stadium for Tuesday’s League Cup fourth round tie with Premier League Leicester City.


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