Leeds United’s decision to sell Kemar Roofe now looks so very risky.
For a while, it looked like the sale of Kemar Roofe wasn’t going to hurt Leeds United.
Instead of keeping last season’s top goalscorer and launching another crack at Premier League promotion, the Whites sold Roofe to Anderlecht for £7 million.
And it didn’t seem like it was going to hurt Leeds, after Patrick Bamford and Eddie Nketiah – his replacement – had eight goals between them early doors.
But the well is drying up for United and suddenly they could really do with someone of Roofe’s nous in the box.
Bamford hasn’t scored since August in any competition, while Nketiah, on loan from Arsenal, has struggled for regular football, often playing second fiddle to the former Middlesbrough star.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side have only scored three goals in their last four Championship games – two of those ended in defeat – and it does seem like the Elland Road club might be missing Roofe.
The 26-year-old was never the type of striker to score a goal out of nothing, but he is that bit more intelligent and ruthless than Bamford in the box and, as of right now, the decision to sell looks dodgy.
Yes, £7 million is good money, but it’s nothing in comparison to the nine-figure sum that could come their way if Bielsa masterminds a promotion-winning season.
In May, Aston Villa won the playoff to guarantee themselves a minimum of £170 million [Sky Sports] over three years.
Leeds, in their defence, had Financial Fair Play rules to abide by this past summer, limiting their spending and forcing their hand on deals that they might have otherwise said no to.
But the sale of Roofe was not or at least didn’t appear to be essential, considering that it happened with two days left in the transfer window. If selling was absolutely vital, wouldn’t it have materialised far earlier in the summer?
The Whites may wind up getting their cake and eating it too, pocketing a handsome fee from Roofe and a staggering windfall from Premier League promotion.
But at the moment, the sale is actually costing Leeds – fifth in the Championship – goals which, come May, may equate to costing them money and so much of it.