The Yorkshire Evening Post has been detailing Leeds United’s transfer plans for January. For those hoping that more faces will be arriving at Elland Road, that does not appear to be the main priority. Instead, keeping those already at the club will be the main target for Leeds.
One player whose future has been cast into doubt recently is striker Kemar Roofe.
Premier League clubs have been linked with a move for the striker, who will only have 18 months left on his current deal come January.
The report from the YEP suggests that Leeds want to tie him down to a new deal. However, there was a worrying line.
The report suggests he is far behind the club’s biggest earner, summer signing Patrick Bamford. Considering the interest and his form this term, Roofe will likely want to be nearing parity. The report suggests those close to Roofe ‘doubt’ that Leeds will offer Roofe what he wants.
Whilst the report suggests Leeds believe a satisfactory compromise can be reached the club cannot be too frugal on this matter.
Roofe is Leeds main goal-threat. Even with Bamford fit, that appears to be the case. He fits in perfectly to Marcelo Bielsa’s style. His six goals in nine Championship games is a testament to that.
Leeds must ensure they hand him the deal he wants, or risk being backed into a corner next summer when 12 months remain on his deal.
A new deal now protects Leeds from losing him on the cheap and, in the long-run, could save Leeds money as well as embarrassment.
Hand him what he wants. The hard-working 25-year-old deserves it.