This term they have traded places, and both players have blossomed in their new surroundings.
Classic centre forward
Lasogga is an old-fashioned centre forward in every sense: powerful, hard working, capable of holding-up play and a man who knows where the goal is. The 22-year-old has scored nine times for Hamburg in 2013/14 - including a seven-minute hat-trick in the 5-0 win at 1. FC Nürnberg - establishing himself as the undisputed leader of the HSV attack.
It is a remarkable story for the Germany U-21 international, who missed almost all of Hertha’s Bundesliga 2 promotion push last term through a knee injury suffered at the end of the 2011/12 season.
Skjelbred, meanwhile, has enjoyed a similar renaissance after moving in the opposite direction. A bit-part player under Thorsten Fink at Hamburg, he is now a regular in Jos Luhukay’s Berlin side, having made 13 appearances to help the capital club to sixth in the table at the season’s halfway mark, with five assists and a goal to boot.
Both players are due to return to their parent clubs in the summer, and both Hamburg and Berlin will be hoping their form doesn't suffer as a consequence.
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Sit back and enjoy Lasogga's eight-minute hat-trick against Nürnberg, courtesy of the official Bundesliga YouTube channel: