Transfer Focus: Leeds must keep hold of Kemar Roofe

According to Football Insider, Kemar Roofe is the subject of interest from Aston Villa.

The Villans have just been promoted to the Premier League, and with Tammy Abraham reportedly set to stay at Chelsea, they are a man short up top.

Roofe is apparently now on their radar to fill the void left by Abraham, but this would be a shocking decision from Leeds if they were to let their top goalscorer depart Yorkshire this summer.

Roofe’s situation

The striker is entering the last year of his contract, and multiple reports have stated that it may be a difficult task for the club to get him to renew.

Former Leeds player Noel Whelan is worried that his agent will sway him to leave.

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

“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.”

Can’t let him go

Roofe may well be the player that Leeds will find the hardest to replace this summer.

Marcelo Bielsa’s system requires a particular type of striker, and it has been proven that even the best strikers at this level can’t meet the standard needed to thrive under the Argentine.

Patrick Bamford was signed for £10m last summer and he has struggled to impress during his first season at Elland Road. If the Whites got a similar fee for Roofe, they would be in danger of spending it on another player like Bamford who struggles to perform as a lone striker in Bielsa’s system.

Roofe’s 15 goals last season prove that he is the perfect forward for Leeds right now, and if they let him go they may struggle to find anyone who can play the way he does.