Kemar Roofe provides hint Leeds perhaps don't need another striker

Leeds United corner flag before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United have been linked with a stunning move for Alvaro Negredo, but perhaps it may not be necessary.

While Leeds fans may be delighted to hear the reports coming out of the Daily Mirror recently that the Whites are interested in a stunning move for Alvaro Negredo, there is surely still an element of major risk attached to any pursuit.

The Mirror reports that Leeds are ready to pay £6.4 million for the Spaniard - which would easily make the 31-year-old the club's most expensive signing since they fell out of the top flight back in 2004 - and given the fact that he has spent the last decade in the top flight in either Spain or England, it would surely not be a crazy suggestion to believe that he may well become the highest earner in the squad if he did arrive.

Alvaro Negredo of Middlesborough shoots at goal during the Premier League match between Middlesbourgh and Arsenal at Riverside Stadium on April 17, 2017 in Middlesbrough, England.

If that was the case and a large majority of Leeds' budget was spent on a deal, then Negredo would certainly need to provide the kind of goals return that Chris Wood provided last term to vindicate the club's decision to sign him - and there is no guarantee that he would manage that as, while he undoubtedly has a tremendous amount of quality, his lack of experience in the Championship may mean that he could potentially struggle to adapt to the style of the second tier. 

And with Wood in such fine form last season, coupled with the fact that Caleb Ekuban has looked bright in pre-season following his summer move, it appears that signing Negredo is a gamble that Thomas Christiansen simply does not need to take. 

And the need for taking the gamble on signing another striker has arguably decreased even further following the Whites' pre-season friendly with Oxford United at the weekend.

Versatile Kemar Roofe demonstrated his class with a fantastic opener in the 2-0 win over his former club at Elland Road, taking a brilliantly-composed touch to fool the defender and create an opening inside the box before smashing the ball into the bottom corner.

Although it was a goal that came against lower-league opposition, the strike was another reminder that Roofe can have that lethal touch in front of goal and that piece of skill up his sleeve that would have surely also left a Championship full-back heading in the wrong direction.

Kemar Roofe of Leeds United takes on Jack Hobbs of Nottingham Forest during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Nottingham Forest at Elland Road on January 25, 2017 in...

With Christiansen seemingly sticking to a 4-2-3-1 system, there is surely no need to spend large amounts of money on someone like Negredo when he has a striker in Wood who scored 30 times in all competitions last term.

And with Roofe using his goal against Oxford to remind Christiansen that there is plenty of quality waiting in the wings providing Wood with support, that apparent desire to spend the final weeks of the summer window targeting another forward seems unnecessary - especially when there are more alarming gaps in the squad currently.

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