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Selling Kemar Roofe would leave Leeds United’s promotion hopes in tatters

Selling Kemar Roofe would leave Leeds United’s promotion hopes in tatters

According to a recent report from The Sunday Mirror (via The Birmingham Mail), Leeds United forward Kemar Roofe is attracting interest from sides in the Premier League. The 25-year-old made the move to Elland Road back in 2016 but struggled in his first season at the Yorkshire giants, yet the last 12 months has seen the Englishman become one of the hottest properties outside of the top-flight.

And reports suggest that Crystal Palace, Southampton, and Wolves are keen on the striker ahead of the January transfer window, but given just how integral he has been to Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds so far this term, selling the £3.15 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) come the New Year would leave their promotion hopes in tatters.

The Breakdown

Ultimately, the Whites’ 2-1 win at Wigan Athletic on Saturday saw them ascend to top spot in the Championship after 16 games of the season to suggest that they are very much in promotion contention – and few have played as big a part in their excellent start than striker Roofe.

The 25-year-old was one of just two players, alongside Pierre-Michel Lasogga, to reach double figures for Leeds last term, which itself underlined his importance, yet this term he has taken it up another level in bagging seven goals and laying on two assists in ten league appearances, all goals of which have come in positive results for Bielsa’s men.

And his significance to this Leeds side was perhaps highlighted most pertinently during his spell out of the team through injury, as Roofe missed six league games between September and October, in which time Bielsa’s team won just two and suffered their first defeat of the campaign at home to Garry Monk’s Birmingham City.

And while young striker Tyler Roberts did a decent job of deputising for the Englishman during that spell, Roofe’s return has been very timely indeed given he has netted in each of the last three Championship games in which he has started in the centre forward role.

Thus, it’s clear just how integral the 25-year-old is to this Leeds team, which is why any promotion challenge from Bielsa’s men is likely to be spearheaded by the Englishman – selling in January is unthinkable and would represent a seriously unwise move by the club’s hierarchy.

Leeds have twice in the last two years got into position to win promotion at this stage of the season, and on both occasions they have fallen short as the campaign wore on – yet things seems different this time under Bielsa.

But if the Whites are serious about maintaining their challenge until the end of the season, and thus returning to the Premier League, they have to get through January unscathed – selling their best players would completely derail their promotion bid.

And there is little doubting that Roofe falls into that category.

Leeds fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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