Leeds striker Kemar Roofe’s injury could force Victor Orta to go back on his word

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For Leeds fans, the unthinkable has already happened.

Only this week they detailed their concerns surrounding player injuries after Phil Hay claimed that unless Kemar Roofe left, they wouldn’t be signing a new striker.

So lo and behold, Roofe has now sustained an injury.

The 26-year-old picked up the problem against Western Sydney Wanderers and will now be out for four weeks, already piling the pressure on the Whites who have endured a far from productive transfer window.

The forward’s contract ends next summer whilst he’s also attracted the interest of Crystal Palace and Brighton.

However, any move away has now surely been quashed after he picked up an injury.

Throughout the summer, Leeds have failed to sign a striker and with this latest update, it only makes their decision not to invest even more bizarre.

The fact of the matter is that considering Patrick Bamford’s and Roofe’s record last season of being on the treatment table, more bodies were needed ahead of the new season.

Leeds do, of course, have the talented Ryan Edmondson coming through the ranks but he is inexperienced at Championship level and it would be unfair to pile the burden on him.

So with that in mind, it could be time for Victor Orta to go against his word.

In an interview with Leeds Live last week, he told them that the Whites had a plan in place this summer, of which 90% of it had already been completed.

Yet, the news that Roofe is now set for another spell on the sidelines may well throw those plans up in the air.

Leeds will need a strong start, especially after falling away towards the latter stages of last term, but that may not be possible unless they go back on their plans and sign a forward.

Last season, Roofe spent a period out where he missed six games in the early months of 2018/19 whilst Bamford was absent for 20 matches throughout the campaign.

If Leeds are to get promoted, they simply cannot rely on the pair of them.

As such, Orta needs to go back on his word and encourage the club to re-enter the transfer market.

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