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Crystal Palace: Kemar Roofe a target across both sides of the M23

Crystal Palace: Kemar Roofe a target across both sides of the M23

Crystal Palace are in the race for Leeds United striker Kemar Roofe, but will face competition from their fierce rivals Brighton and Hove Albion.

According to reports from Sky Sports, a number of Championship clubs also want the attacker, who may become available with only one-year left on his contract at Elland Road.

The 26-year-old has attracted a lot of interest this summer after a very successful season with Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds, scoring 15 times in 33 league games and playing in a variety of positions, including right midfield and centre midfield, according to WhoScored.

Transfermarkt has his value at £4.5million, though it would be pretty surprising to see him leave for that amount of money given the season he just had.

The Walsall-born attacker was a youth player at West Brom, before moving to Oxford United in 2015, and then to Leeds a season later in 2016.

Roofe had a great season for Leeds and has justifiably caught the interest of Premier League clubs, showing his adaptability and football intelligence while under Bielsa.

The forward scored 15 times last season – the most out of any Leeds player, despite suffering injury problems – and also added two assists.

And if Palace are after a goalscoring centre-forward, then Roofe has proved over the last season that he has goal scoring pedigree in his locker, even if his record in other seasons hasn’t been nearly as impressive, only scoring 29 times in 110 Championship games.

Last season, he also averaged 3.1 shots per game, more than anyone in his squad and convincingly more than anyone in Palace’s squad. On-loan Batshuayi was the frontrunner, averaging 2.5 per game, Zaha had 2.1, Andros Townsend 1.7 and Benteke 1.6 – so more than a shot more per match than any current contracted Crystal Palace player.

Despite him playing as a winger for most of his career (making over 50 career appearances on either wing per Transfermarkt), his finishing has been fantastic at times with last season’s showing a clear example.

Roofe could be a strong addition for Crystal Palace in that he would help add more goals to a strike-force that has struggled, with Benteke managing just one Premier League goal last term.

Indeed, he could either play with Benteke or by himself up front as he has done in West Yorkshire. Using the kind of pace talked about as a strength by Joe Lewis of Leeds Live when writing in the Birmingham Mail, he could really stretch opposition defences for Crystal Palace.

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