Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has expressed his frustration at Kemar Roofe’s imminent exit. Roofe is set to join Anderlecht in a £7m deal, according to The Sun.
This leaves Leeds with a small squad and it will be a challenge for Bielsa, despite their commanding opening day win over Bristol City. Leeds struck three goals – including a strike for Patrick Bamford – but Bielsa has admitted that he “can’t be happy” if Roofe leaves.
As reported by The Sun, Bielsa said: “I can’t be happy if Roofe leaves. If I tell you this when he scored 15 goals last season, I would be stupid. We have to adapt if it finally happens.”
Roofe was Leeds’ key striker last season, netting 15 times in 34 games. But the 26-year-old will now join Vincent Kompany at Anderlecht for the next stage in his career. This leaves Bielsa scratching his head as he looks to add more firepower to his squad.
How do Leeds move on?
If Roofe does leave, Leeds need another striker to join. Despite Bamford’s impressive start to the season, there are concerns about whether he can lead the line all season after an injury-hit debut season at Elland Road.
Ryan Edmundson and Mateusz Bogusz are two promising youngsters waiting in the wings but Leeds need a proven scorer. Dwight Gayle could be a good addition if Leeds can provide the funds to sign the proven Championship striker.