Could Appleton target Leeds' Kemar Roofe if given West Brom job?

Kemar Roofe of Leeds United holds off Jackson Irvine of Hull City during the Sky Bet Championship match between Hull City and Leeds United at the KCOM Stadium on January 30, 2018 in Hull,...

Michael Appleton worked with Leeds striker Kemar Roofe before and is in the running for the West Bromwich Albion job as they hurtle towards relegation.

Leicester caretaker Manager Michael Appleton reacts during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Leicester City at Liberty Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Swansea, Wales.

With West Brom seemingly heading for the Championship next season, it appears that a summer clearout is inevitable, and one of the names that looks set to be on his way out is manager Alan Pardew.

The Daily Mirror suggests that the Baggies are likely to trigger a break clause in the 56-year-old's contract at the end of the season, and that Michael Appleton is one of the names being considered by the West Brom hierarchy as they contemplate life outside the Premier League.

Kemar Roofe celebrates after Pierre-Michel Lasogga of Leeds United scores during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Millwall at Elland Road on January 20, 2018 in...

Appleton - who finished his playing career with West Brom and has previously been their caretaker manager - has endured a mixed managerial career with the undoubted highlight coming in his spell with Oxford United, who he guided to promotion from League Two.

Oxford's star man that season was Kemar Roofe as he scored 26 goals in all competitions to earn a £3 million move to Leeds United - fee reported by BBC Sport.

Kemar Roofe of West Brom in action during the Barclays U21 Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United at The Hawthorns on October 16, 2014 in West Bromwich,...

Roofe's spell at Elland Road has been mixed. After an underwhelming first season where he only scored three league goals, he has been more prolific this term with nine strikes coming in the Championship.

Despite that, his performances can often come in for criticism and it is still not entirely clear what the 25-year-old's best role is in the systems that Leeds have played this season.

If Appleton did get the West Brom job therefore, it would hardly be a surprise if he decided to put Roofe on his list of potential targets. Not only has the 42-year-old worked with the forward previously, but Roofe is also a product of the West Brom academy so may perhaps relish the chance to return if it was offered to him and Paul Heckingbottom provided any indication that he will not be a first choice next season. 

West Brom are going to need to make a number of changes to their playing squad in the summer, and if it is Appleton who ultimately does succeed Pardew, it should perhaps not stun Leeds if their forward becomes a potential target for The Hawthorns outfit. 

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