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Transfer Flashbacks: Kemar Roofe

Transfer Flashbacks: Kemar Roofe

Back in the early stages of the summer window in 2016, Leeds United sealed a deal to bring striker Kemar Roofe to Elland Road.

The 25-year-old had been playing his football at Oxford United and was certainly producing the goods for the then-League Two outfit, netting six goals in 16 games on loan back in the 2014/15 campaign, before signing permanently that summer and going on to bag 18 times in the 2015/16 season to help the U’s win promotion.

And Leeds showed genuine ambition little over two years ago by luring the Englishman to Yorkshire, a move which generated a huge amount of optimism among Leeds supporters on Twitter…

And such have been his efforts for the club since then, not least this time round, it’s fair to say that the positivity generated by those supporters has certainly borne fruit.

Roofe did actually struggle in his first full season at Leeds in netting on just three occasions in the 2015/16 campaign, but he improved infinitely last term in bagging 11 times for the club in 36 Championship games.

In fact, the 25-year-old and Pierre Michel Lasogga were the only men to reach double figures for the Whites during the campaign to underline their importance to the Yorkshire heavyweights, with Roofe going some way to quashing the doubts about his ability to play in the second tier, having never done so prior to moving to Leeds.

And this term he has taken it to another level under new head coach Marcelo Bielsa in scoring four goals in just six Championship matches to help the Whites to top spot in the second tier.

Roofe netted twice in the 4-1 thumping of Derby County on August 11 before finding the back of the net in subsequent matches against Rotherham United and Swansea City, and while he hasn’t scored in their last two games, he laid on an assist in their 3-0 win at Norwich City on August 25.

Clearly, the 25-year-old has proven that he will be a hugely significant part of what success Leeds have under Bielsa this season, and while his first campaign at Elland Road was something of a disappointment, he has since proven his worth to suggest that those Leeds fans optimistic about his arrival back in 2016 were absolutely right to be so.

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

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