Leeds United supporters have been pretty downbeat in recent times after seeing their team suffer a damaging defeat in the Championship last time out.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men went into their clash with recently-relegated West Brom sat at the summit of the second tier having beaten Wigan Athletic 2-1 in their previous league outing, and thus full of confidence ahead of the trip to the Hawthorns. Yet the Whites made the journey back to Yorkshire empty-handed after going down 4-1 to Darren Moore’s Baggies, with goals from Hal Robson-Kanu, Matt Phillips, Harvey Barnes, and Dwight Gayle inspiring the hosts to a routine success.
As such, there have been many disappointed Leeds fans up and down the country in recent times, although many remain optimistic about their promotion hopes this term, especially if Kemar Roofe continues to deliver the goods on a regular basis.
And it was former manager Garry Monk, who resigned as Leeds boss back in the summer of 2017, who brought the talented forward to Elland Road in 2016 for just £3.15 million (as per Transfermarkt), with it clear that current boss Bielsa owes him a lot for equipping him with a Leeds jewel.
Ultimately, the 25-year-old earned a move to Monk’s Leeds off the back of a stellar season in League Two with Oxford United, what with the Englishman netting on 26 occasions for the club in the 2015/16 campaign to help them win promotion to the third tier.
Yet Leeds boss Monk made the bold move to bring him to Elland Road in the hope that he can make the step up to the Championship, despite having never played second tier football before, and it proved to be a struggle for Roofe to begin with given he scored just three times in his first season for the Whites as Monk’s men narrowly missed out on a place in the top six.
Yet the 25-year-old has since then rediscovered his goal-scoring touch and as such has become one of the hottest properties outside of the Premier League, bagging 14 times in all competitions last term for the Whites, before taking it to a whole new level this time round.
And that’s because the Englishman has scored seven goals in just 11 Championship games for Bielsa’s side to fire them into promotion contention, with his importance to this Leeds team perhaps felt most when he was out with injury between September and October, in which time the Whites won just two of six games, and scored only eight goals.
Compare that to the numbers with Roofe in the team, given they have won six times and scored 21 goals in his 11 appearances, and it’s plainly obvious that Bielsa has a jewel leading the line for Leeds this term – a jewel provided by former boss Monk.
So while the current Birmingham City boss is unlikely to be in Leeds fans’ good books given his departure, it is he who Bielsa owes a great deal for equipping him with a Leeds lynchpin.
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