According to a report from Football Insider, Leeds United forward Kemar Roofe has been linked with a move away from Elland Road this summer. The 25-year-old made the move to the Yorkshire giants back in 2016 and has since impressed for the Championship club, thus reportedly attracting interest from fellow second tier sides Sheffield United and West Brom.
But given how influential the £3.15 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) was for the club last term, retaining his services should without doubt be a summer priority for Leeds and new manager Marcelo Bielsa.
Ultimately, while last season was something of a disappointment for the Whites given the position they found themselves in near the top during the autumn, 25-year-old Roofe again showed his credentials at second tier level by finishing as the club’s top goal-scorer.
The former Oxford United man bagged 14 times for the Yorkshire heavyweights in their run to 13th place in the Championship table, thus finishing the campaign as one of just two men, the other being Pierre Michel Lasogga, to reach double figures for the club.
And with Lasogga not set to return after his loan spell from Hamburg ended at the rear end of last season, Leeds have already lost a decent proportion of the goals they scored last term, and as such simply cannot afford to lose Roofe as well.
And if Bielsa’s side are serious about sustaining a promotion challenge this time round, it’s absolutely imperative that they have genuine strength in depth in the forward ranks, as over the course of a long, hard slog that is a Championship season, the squad will be pushed to the limit.
And sanctioning Roofe’s departure this summer would leave the Whites with just Caleb Ekuban, Marcus Antonsson, and Tyler Roberts in the striking department – there simply isn’t enough goals in that trio.
Thus, while Roofe still somewhat divides opinion among Leeds fans up and down the country, the Whites would be a much weaker outfit going forward were they to let him leave this summer – the creativity might be there with Samu Saiz, Pablo Hernandez, and Ezgjan Alioski, but they still need someone to put the ball in the back of the net.
As such, retaining the 25-year-old’s services absolutely must be a summer priority for new boss Bielsa and the club’s hierarchy.
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