'Real deal': Ian Holloway praises Leeds after Kemar Roofe sale

Marcelo Bielsa, manager of Leeds United looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Barnsley and Leeds United at Oakwell Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Barnsley, England.

Leeds United are top of the Championship after seven games.

Kemar Roofe of Anderlecht looks on prior to the Jupiler Pro League match between RSCA or Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht and KV Mechelen at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium on August 09, 2019...

Ian Holloway has written in The Mirror that Leeds United have improved in comparison to last season - despite losing Kemar Roofe.

United beat Barnsley 2-0 at Oakwell on Sunday to move back to the top of the Championship after seven games.

Leeds have won five of their seven league outings, losing one and drawing one. At the same stage last season, Marcelo Bielsa's side were two points worse off.

The Whites' form is arguably made more impressive by the fact that they sold Roofe - their leading goalscorer of the 2018-19 campaign - to Anderlecht in a £7 million deal [The Sun].

 

And Holloway feels that their high-flying form despite losing the English striker illustrates the idea that Leeds are indeed 'the real deal'.

He wrote in The Mirror: "I feel they are showing a little bit of the steel that they might not have had in the run-in at the end of last year. I think they will be stronger for that and they have a slightly better team - even though they have lost Kemar Roofe.

"They are growing into it. They are becoming a team that is used to handling the pressure. Last week at Barnsley was a fantastic result, however you cut it. And they managed to get it with a clean sheet. They are looking the real deal in my opinion."

The Elland Road club host Derby County this Saturday

Kemar Roofe of Leeds United looks to pass the ball during a pre-season friendly match between Manchester United and Leeds United at Optus Stadium on July 17, 2019 in Perth, Australia.

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