Leeds United are on the brink of promotion back to the Premier League, after last playing in the division in 2004. Much of this must be accredited to the enigmatic Marcelo Bielsa, but a lot of praise must also go to top scorer Kemar Roofe.
The 26-year-old striker was signed from Oxford United in 2016 and despite a difficult first season, he has shone ever since. Despite playing significantly fewer minutes than rival strikers due to injury, Roofe has scored a fairly impressive 14 league goals this season. Averaging a goal every other game, Roofe utilises his pace to devastating effect.
Given Roofe’s form, there are bound to be an abundance of clubs after his signature, regardless of whether Leeds are eventually promoted or not. Newcastle were reportedly (as per the Mirror) keen on the striker during the January transfer window and this type of interest will not die down any time soon.
Roofe was initially bought for £3.15,m (as per Transfermarkt) in what may have seemed a fairly large amount of money. Interestingly, the same site now value Leeds United’s talisman at £4.5m. However, under no circumstance would he be allowed to go for such an insubstantial fee.
Whether Roofe will remain a Leeds player come the start of next season remains to be seen. However, in either scenario, the Walsall born striker represents an absolute steal for the Yorkshire based club.
The amount of money made upon promotion to the Premier League is astronomical and Roofe will have been a key factor of Leeds’ success should they succeed in doing so. On the other hand, should the striker depart, it will most certainly be for a fee a lot larger than that initial £3.15m sum.
In what has been a vastly successful season for Leeds United, fans will be praying that they are able to both bring in fresh faces and hold on to their best players next season – Roofe being one of them. This is ever more important should Leeds get promoted.
Leeds fans – how much do you think Kemar Roofe is worth now? Can you keep hold of him and your other top players?