Leeds United had spent the summer of 2017 bringing in a number of arrivals to try and take the club to the next level, after almost securing themselves a playoff spot in the Championship, under the guidance of Garry Monk.
The Whites had finished the season in seventh place on an impressive 75 points, however, it was still five behind Fulham, who occupied the final spot to compete for the final place in the following year’s Premier League campaign.
Despite that finish, Monk had decided to leave the Elland Road after revealing that he had felt the job was “no longer right for him” (via Wales Online) as he failed to reach an agreement with the newest owner of Leeds, Andrea Radrizzani.
The Italian needed to find a new manager, turning to Thomas Christiansen to try and lead their charge to England’s top-flight for the first time in 15 years.
He also helped to bring a number of new players into the club to help them with achieving their ambitions, with the likes of Pontus Jansson on a permanent deal following an impressive loan spell from Torino, Mateusz Klich and Samu Saiz who have all since become cult figures at Elland Road with their performances for the club.
However, Christiansen and Leeds also made some questionable transfers that year, that just failed to work, with the likes of Felix Wiedwald, Caleb Ekuban, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Hadi Sacko, although one man that had looked so promising at the start, just appeared to peter out as the year went on.
A moment in time: Pierre-Michel Lasogga’s debut
There is not much more you can do to endear yourself to your new club’s fans by scoring two goals on your debut and that is exactly what Pierre-Michel Lasogga did.
The striker, an area that Leeds had been desperate to improve for a significant period of time, had joined in a surprising loan move from Hamburg SV on deadline day in the summer transfer window and immediately made a solid impact with his performance.
In the 2017/18 Championship opener, the German netted a brace and also hit the post in his first game for the Whites against Burton Albion, giving fans some understandable enjoyment and excitement about what he would be able to bring to them for the year ahead.
Some of the fans took to Twitter to naturally praise him for his performance against Burton, with many hoping that the club had the possibility of bringing him to Elland Road on a permanent basis after a great first impression.
One fan even stated that Lasogga had reminded him of club legend Mark Viduka, although looking back on it, they will almost certainly have changed their mind since then.
Twenty minutes into his #LUFC debut and, of course, Lasogga is an absolute boy.
— Darren Broomfield (@dynamoshels) September 9, 2017
#LUFC having witnessed Lasogga in the flesh – impressed. Like Wood on steroids. Holds ball up yet links attacks. Too good for this league.
— Ian Stevens (@lufcstevens82) September 9, 2017
What a performance today, lasogga looks a top class player, reckon he'll score a lot this season!! #lufc
— Inter Leeds CF (@superlufc1919) September 9, 2017
Let's hope we contracted in a buyout in Lasogga's deal! #lufc
— Neal Clapp (@nealio182) September 9, 2017
— WeAllLoveLeeds (@AllLoveLeeds) September 9, 2017
Lasogga then suffered an injury that harmed his chances of continuing his fine start to life in Yorkshire, and arguably his chances of remaining with the Championship outfit beyond his temporary stint.
He still finished the season with ten goals from 31 games, coming just behind Kemar Roofe in the standings, but after such a promising start, fans were disappointed with how his year had finished.
Leeds fans – thoughts?