Kemar Roofe finally made his Anderlecht debut on Wednesday night as he overcame injury to return to a star-studded Anderlecht side that needed extra-time to beat Belgian side Beerschot AC 3-2.
Roofe, 26, left Leeds in the summer after three years at the club. The Whites made the mistake of allowing his contract to run down into the final 12 months, and that saw Anderlecht pounce, paying £7million for his signature.
The former West Bromwich Albion striker scored 33 goals in 122 outings at Leeds as well as laying on 14 assists, with Roofe being used out wide or in midfield just as much as he played up front during his time at Elland Road.
Roofe signed for Vincent Kompany’s side towards the end of the window and forced Leeds to bring in a quick replacement, in the form of Eddie Nketiah on loan from Arsenal – who has already scored four goals for the Yorkshire side.
For the first time, Roofe pulled on the purple of Anderlecht on Wednesday night after overcoming injury. He lined up alongside former Manchester City, Arsenal and West Ham star Samir Nasri, as well as Kompany and ex-Tottenham man Nacer Chadli.
Nasri got on the score sheet but there was no debut goal for Roofe, who had his best chance just before the hour mark – but could not make up the ground in time to connect with the ball. He was replaced in the first minute of injury time.
His replacement, Isaac Kiese Thelin netted in the 106th minute to send Anderlecht into the next round of the Cup. Roofe, though, will be delighted to get 90 minutes under his belt alongside some excellent players.
Anderlecht take on Waasland-Beveren on Sunday afternoon and Roofe will be hoping that he is given the chance to find the back of the net for his new side for the first time.