According to a recent report from The Sunday Mirror (via HITC), there is much Premier League interest in Leeds United striker Kemar Roofe. The 25-year-old made the move to Elland Road back in 2016 after impressing at Oxford United, and he has since taken it up another level to become one of the hottest properties outside of the English top-flight.
And reports suggest that Crystal Palace, Southampton, and Wolves are keen on the ex-West Brom star such has been his great form for Marcelo Bielsa’s side this term, but such is the position Leeds are in under the Argentine, it would be absolutely nonsensical for Roofe to leave the club in January.
Ultimately, it has been some time since there was this much excitement and optimism around Elland Road regarding the prospect of their team returning to the Premier League, what with the Whites sat top of the Championship after 16 games of the season.
And much of that can be put down to the excellent goal-scoring exploits of striker Roofe, who has netted seven times in ten Championship appearances for the Yorkshire giants so far this term to comfortably sit as the club’s top goal-scorer.
In fact, the 25-year-old’s importance to the team was perhaps felt most when he wasn’t in it due to injury between September and October, what with Bielsa’s men playing six league games in his absence, in which time they only won two and scored just eight goals – compare that to six wins and 20 goals scored in his ten appearances this term.
As such, it’s plainly obvious that Roofe will be vital to what success Leeds have in the second half of the campaign, and given the position they are in in the Championship, alongside the somewhat precarious position of some of the clubs reportedly keen on his services, it wouldn’t make any sense were he to leave in January.
This appears to be as good a chance as Leeds have had in many a year to return to the Premier League, as although they have twice in the last two years been in a similar position at this stage of the campaign, things feel different under Bielsa given the style of football they are playing, alongside how good several of the players are performing, not just a select few.
Add in the fact that both Southampton and Palace have made sluggish starts to the Premier League season, and Wolves’ bubble has somewhat burst in recent weeks, and it’s plausible that Leeds could well leapfrog one or more of those sides by returning to the top-flight next term – thus, a move to the Premier League in January could actually result in a return to the Championship a few months later.
Yes, there is still a long way to go in the season and Leeds are far from certain for promotion, but the club appears to be in great hands at present under Bielsa, and Roofe himself looks set to play his part in what could turn out to be something very special indeed – why would he want to leave that come the New Year?
As such, leaving Leeds in January wouldn’t make much sense at all for the 25-year-old.
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