According to Football Insider, Aston Villa are plotting a move to sign Leeds striker Kemar Roofe as the club aim for reinforcements in attack.
Roofe had a sensational start to the 2018/19 season, finding the back of the net 13 times in 20 appearances before the turn of the New Year.
The striker was in electric form before his performance levels suddenly dropped during the back half of the campaign. In 2019, the 26-year-old has only scored twice as Leeds failed to achieve promotion.
However, he may find himself playing in the Premier League next season anyway.
Per Football Insider, he could make a switch to Villa who are plotting a move for the forward. The report claims that Roofe sits highly on a list of targets drawn up by the club.
As the Villans gear up for a first season back in the top flight, it will be incredibly interesting to see what transfer policy they devise.
In January Dean Smith hinted he wanted to sign players he could develop further in a bid to lower the age of the squad.
Therefore, a move for Roofe makes perfect sense. At the age of 26, he’s on the verge of his prime years and there would be no better way to see him enter that part of his career than in the Premier League.
Smith is fantastic when it comes to nurturing players and taking them to the next level. You only need to look at some of the performances he was able to draw from those at the club over the past season.
Tyrone Mings walked through the doors and became one of the best centre-backs in the division, whilst he was also able to get the best out of promising young players like Tammy Abraham and Axel Tuanzebe.
Although Roofe’s injury record could be a cause for concern, his form in the early stages of last season is a reason to be excited.
At West Brom he was highly touted but since leaving has never really made the grade. However, under the guidance of Smith, he could discover the consistency that eluded him in the second half of Leeds’ promotion charge.
Having already lined up Joe Lolley and Neal Maupay as potential signings, it’s clear the club are looking to be smart in the transfer window and add players to the squad who can have an impact in the future too.
It’s a clever policy and one which could be key as they enter the Premier League.