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Kemar Roofe has opened up on his decision to leave Leeds in an interview with The Daily Mail, detailing exactly why he made the switch to Anderlecht.
With Roofe’s contract at Leeds expiring a year before his sale, the club took the decision to ship him on, rather than renewing the terms of his deal at Elland Road.
However, in what was one of the most intriguing transfers of the summer window, he switched west Yorkshire for Belgium and the purple of Anderlecht.
Joining the new management team with Vincent Kompany at the helm, he’s now playing alongside the likes of Samir Nasri and Nacer Chadli.
Since arriving at the club, he’s gone on to score five goals in just nine games.
Speaking to The Daily Mail about why he wanted to move, Roofe said:
“I came here to win things. My aims have always been to win titles and cups, to qualify for European football and to play in the Europa League or the Champions League.
“That’s one of the main reasons I came to Anderlecht rather than join one of the clubs in the Premier League who were interested in me. It can be the perfect platform for me to reach my goals.
“When I got the phone call from Vincent Kompany, I couldn’t say no. I’ve grown up watching him in the Premier League, an iconic captain, winning titles, dominating games at centre back.”
The Whites have been struggling for goals this term, scoring just 28 times in 19 outings. That’s fewer than everyone in the top six besides Nottingham Forest.
It’s evident that it’s an area that could hold Leeds back in their quest for promotion and it was a real concern when Patrick Bamford went ten games without finding the back of the net.
Couple that with Eddie Nketiah’s injury and there was every reason to be concerned about their success in the opposition’s penalty area.
Bamford is still inconsistent so deciding to sell their top goal scorer from 2018/19 last summer wasn’t the wisest of decisions.
Even if Roofe determined he couldn’t say no to Kompany, trying to thrash out an improved contract could have changed the direction of Leeds’ season.
If they miss out on Premier League status because of a lack of goals, they may well rue their judgement.
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