Leeds United are not a side to slip under the radar but their progress this season under Marcelo Bielsa has commanded an extra level of interest in everything that is happening at the club.
Historically speaking, Leeds are a successful club with the fan base, stadium and honours to suggest they should be in the top-flight, but under Bielsa they have every chance of finally ending their top-flight exile.
Interest in Leeds’ promotion charge has been rife across the nation, and with so many individuals performing with consistency and class it is no surprise that a handful of players have reportedly emerged as targets for rival clubs.
Jack Clarke, arguably the brightest talent to emerge from Thorp Arch in recent years, has attracted plenty of speculation in recent days, but there was a time before the New Year when Kemar Roofe was being linked with a move away from Elland Road.
Those rumours were largely born from the fact that Roofe is yet to extend his contract with Leeds, with his current deal due to expire in June 2020.
With that in mind, David Prutton asked the panel on Sky Sports’ EFL Matters podcast if Leeds have anything to fear, and former Leeds United manager Simon Grayson was quick to pour cold water on such a suggestion (08:00).
“If Leeds get to the Premier League, he’s going with a big big football club, he’s playing with a huge amount of confidence, he’s scoring goals for them, he’s an icon in the city and for the football club, why would he want to go anywhere else?”
Boasting a return of 14 goals and two assists from 21 Championship appearances this season, including a pair of season-defining late winners against Aston Villa and Blackburn in December, Roofe has grown into a heroic figure at Elland Road.
His form certainly won’t have gone unnoticed by top-flight clubs but, as Grayson has alluded to, what motivation could he possibly have to throw away a fantastic career at Leeds while the club are flying with him spearheading the attack?
The answer: absolutely no reason whatsoever. That could well change in the event that Leeds do not seal promotion to the top-flight, as he would almost certainly be in a position to mull over multiple offers from top-flight clubs, but until the season has reached its conclusion any discussion over his future at the club is futile.
Either way, the supporters will be praying for Roofe to give Leeds a huge psychological boost by penning a new deal in the coming weeks.
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