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Profit Players: Kemar Roofe

Profit Players: Kemar Roofe

West Brom supporters have been pretty quiet in recent times after seeing their side’s winless Championship run extend to three matches at the weekend.

Darren Moore’s men went into their encounter with Blackburn Rovers at the Hawthorns having lost to both Wigan Athletic and Derby County in their preceding two games, and thus seeking a response ahead of the visit of Tony Mowbray’s side. And while they did at least avoid defeat, they weren’t able to get back to winning ways despite taking the lead through Craig Dawson, with Harrison Reed’s effort 19 minutes from time earning the Lancashire-based outfit a 1-1 draw from their trip to the Midlands.

Thus, there have been many quiet Baggies fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are likely to be looking at what former striker Kemar Roofe is currently achieving at Leeds United, who signed for the Whites from Oxford United back in 2016 for £3.15 million (as per Transfermarkt).

And having come up through the ranks at the Hawthorns but failing to make a single appearance for the Baggies, which pales into stark contrast the excellent run of form he is currently on, Moore’s West Brom were no doubt the biggest losers from the deal that took him to Elland Road.

Ultimately, the 25-year-old began his youth career at the Hawthorns back in 2009 and earned his first loan spell away from the club just a few years later, which paved the way for further temporary stints in a bid to earn the regular football he wasn’t going to get at West Brom.

And while they didn’t all go to plan, his time at Oxford certainly did to thus earn him a permanent move to the Kassam Stadium back in 2015 – this all after failing to appear at all for the Baggies during his time on the books at the Hawthorns.

And when one sees what he has become, be it netting 32 goals in 64 games for Oxford or indeed leading Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds to second place in the Championship table, West Brom have certainly lost out by selling Roofe when they did.

It was Roofe’s 26 goals in 48 games back in the 2015/16 season which helped Oxford win promotion to League One, and earned the striker himself a move to Leeds that summer – a move which didn’t work out to begin with, but certainly is now.

The 25-year-old scored just three times in his first season at Elland Road to suggest that it took him some time to adapt to the rigours of the Championship, having never played in the second tier before, but now he looks like one of the best in the division having bagged 14 times last term for Leeds, and six times in nine matches this time round.

In fact, Roofe is arguably one of the most in-form players outside of the top-flight presently to thus underline his meteoric rise in the last few years – a rise West Brom fans will be feeling they could, and perhaps should, have seen take place at the Hawthorns.

As it happens, Roofe will now seek to beat the Baggies to promotion with Leeds this season, with it becoming clearer by the day that the Midlands club made a big mistake letting him leave back in 2015.

West Brom fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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