According to a report from Football Insider, West Brom are interested in bringing Leeds United forward Kemar Roofe back to the Hawthorns. The 25-year-old has enjoyed a decent time at Elland Road since his move there back in 2016, underlining his credentials to make a difference at Championship level, at the same time attracting interest from fellow second tier clubs Sheffield United and indeed West Brom.
And if the Baggies are serious about securing an immediate return to the Premier League this season, they absolutely have to lure the £3.15 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) back to the Midlands outfit.
Ultimately, last season was a complete disaster for the Baggies in finishing bottom of the Premier League with just 31 points from their 38 matches, although the efforts of Darren Moore as caretaker boss has earned him the role on a permanent basis, which has thus increased the optimism levels among West Brom fans.
Yet it’s plausible that the Baggies could head into the 2018/19 Championship campaign with very few striking options, what with main men up front Salomon Rondon and Jay Rodriguez having been linked with moves away this summer.
And that is why luring Roofe to the Hawthorns is a deal they simply have to strike if they are to challenge for promotion this season.
The 25-year-old came up through the ranks at West Brom but never featured for the first team during his spell in the Midlands, instead enjoying various loan spells before joining Oxford United permanently back in 2015.
And after a fine season at the Kassam Stadium, the attacker was snapped up by Leeds in 2016, for whom he has since gone from strength to strength to suggest he has what it takes to succeed at Championship level.
The 25-year-old may have only netted four times in his first season at Elland Road, but he produced the goods last season to score 14 goals in all competitions for the Yorkshire giants, eventually finishing as their top goal-scorer for the campaign.
As such, it’s clear that Roofe has genuine ability to lead from the front in the second tier, and having excelled as both a winger, a number ten, and indeed the main man up top for the Whites last season, he also brings a versatility which can only be good news for Baggies boss Moore – having someone like that in one’s squad gives the manager plenty of options.
And if the Baggies are serious about securing an immediate return to the top-flight, bringing in quality Championship players like Roofe are a must this summer, which is why luring him back to the Hawthorns, three years after he left, is a deal they have to strike this summer.
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