Leeds United’s decision to sell Kemar Roofe was something of a shock to fans of the club last summer.
The Whites decided it was best to move the striker on with just one year remaining on his contract at Elland Road.
With Leeds also looking to stay within the confines of FFP regulations, Roofe became a commodity they were willing to cash in on.
Roofe’s location did come as something of a surprise.
He ended up at Belgian giants Anderlecht in a reported (Goal) £7 million deal. The player has now spoken about the move to the i and admitted that the presence of former Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany as the club’s manager helped him make the decision to switch to Brussels.
“Vincent Kompany gave me the call and just explained the project he was working on at Anderlecht – what he wants to happen and what he sees for the future. The thought of playing under him, with him, and alongside some top names in the game as well, was exciting. There was also the opportunity to try and qualify for Europa League or Champions League football, which I wouldn’t get in England.”
There is no doubt that, at times, Leeds have missed Roofe this season. Between himself and Patrick Bamford, there is little argument over who is the more clinical of frontmen.
However, Roofe’s inconsistent injury record was also a concern for Leeds United, and in Belgium, that has again been the case. Despite scoring an impressive seven goals in just 16 games, Roofe has struggled with ankle and calf problems this term which have left Leeds likely content with their decision to move him on.