Leeds refusing Kemar Roofe's West Brom return could decide title race

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United at Hillsborough Stadium on September 28, 2018 in Sheffield, England.

West Brom reportedly wanted to re-sign Kemar Roofe this summer but Championship promotion rivals Leeds United were keen to keep him at Elland Road.

Kemar Roofe of Leeds United celebrates after scoring the second goal during the Sky Bet Championship between Leeds United and Rotherham United at Elland Road on August 18, 2018 in Leeds,...

Marcelo Bielsa put his faith in Kemar Roofe as soon as he arrived at Elland Road this summer.

Roofe was heavily criticised by a section of the Leeds United supporters last season, despite finishing as the club’s top-scorer with 14 goals in all competitions. But Bielsa obviously saw the potential in the £3 million attacker and, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post, simply refused to consider letting him go in the summer.

A number of Championship clubs were linked including, most interestingly, West Bromwich Albion. After all, Roofe started his career at The Hawthorns but was let go in 2015 after failing to make a single first-team appearance for the Baggies.

 

The Sunday People (12 July, page 59) claimed that West Brom were keen to offer him a second chance at The Hawthorns. But Bielsa’s decision to put his faith in Roofe is proving to be an inspired one.

The 25-year-old has taken to a new centre forward role like a duck to water, providing speed, energy and goals in attack.

Roofe scored four goals in six games during a blistering start to the season and was named the Championship’s Player of the Month for August before suffering an injury. Now, the YEP reports that Leeds are in talks to tie him down to a new deal.

Kemar Roofe of West Bromwich Albion U21

Just imagine how different things could have been if Leeds had allowed Roofe to return to West Brom. As it stands, the Whites are a point ahead of the Baggies in the Championship and Roofe could be integral to the title race.

After all, West Brom might have had the firepower to blow the league away if they added their former youth player to Jay Rodriguez, Dwight Gayle and Harvey Barnes.

Kemar Roofe of Leeds United celebrates after scoring the second goal during the Sky Bet Championship between Leeds United and Rotherham United at Elland Road on August 18, 2018 in Leeds,...

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