Pundit View: Noel Whelan’s worries about Kemar Roofe are well-founded

Speaking to Football Insider, Noel Whelan has expressed concerns that Kemar Roofe could be on his way out of the club this summer.

The former Leeds player is worried that Roofe’s agent could turn his head this summer and push him out the door at Elland Road.

What’s been said then?

The 44-year-old believes that the Whites’ top scorer could be swayed into leaving the club in the upcoming transfer window.

“If the player wants to leave, then there is a good chance he will,” Whelan said.

“The agent will be whispering in his ear and thinking about the pound signs.

“He will be telling him he can double his salary at a new club this summer, or he can see out his contract and get a bumper deal and signing-on fee next year, with Leeds losing out on a £10million transfer fee. That would be terrible business for Leeds.”

Right to be concerned

Whelan has every right to be concerned about this one. Phil Hay has previously speculated that the 26-year-old will want a hefty payrise so that he earns as much as Patrick Bamford, but if Leeds are unwilling to offer that type of pay packet, he could be tempted to leave.

Footballers have short careers, and with Roofe well and truly in his prime, he will want to earn as much money as he can and play at the top level.

Last year he proved that he is one of the most effective strikers in the Championship, and if a Premier League team come calling he may not be able to afford to turn them down.

Aston Villa are reportedly interested in the striker. His departure would certainly sting Whites fans, but you can’t blame him for wanting to capitalise on his rising stock after an incredible season.