Will Kemar Roofe still be a Leeds United player by the time the transfer window slams shut on Thursday?
Sky Sports pundit Don Goodman has stated that ‘for the sakes’ of Leeds United he hopes that Kemar Roofe’s potential transfer away from the club doesn’t go ahead.
The Daily Mail have claimed that Belgian side Anderlecht, who are now managed by former Premier League winner Vincent Kompany, are keen on Roofe’s services.
It is said that if Roofe, who enjoyed his best season in a Leeds shirt last season, is in talks to make a £7 million move from England’s second-tier to Belgium’s top-tier.
Speaking to Sky Sports Football (03/08/2019 at 7:15 pm), former West Brom and Wolves striker Goodman shared his worry for Leeds if they were to lose Roofe this summer.
“You have got Kemar Roofe linked with Anderlecht,” Goodman told Sky Sports. “I mean, good grief, for their sakes I hope that doesn’t happen because he was really key and they really missed when he was injured last season.
“For me, he was the reason their automatic promotion push petered out in the end because he was not fit and available at just some key moments. He triggers that high press. And with respect to Patrick Bamford, he is a different type of striker.
“Kemar’s energy and pace, he worried defenders. And they often won balls high up the pitch and made teams pay that way. So, if they are going to let him go. I dread to think how much it is going to cost to get something better than Kemar Roofe.”
Last season, Leeds lacked bite in the final third and their failure to put games to bed played its part in them failing to win automatic promotion.
Losing a player like Roofe so late in the summer, and seemingly with no replacement, would hit Leeds hard and dent their chances of promotion.
If Roofe can stay fit for large parts of the season then many supporters would back the former Oxford man to hit 20+ goals for Bielsa.