This summer there were rumblings that Kemar Roofe could have been on his way. Twitter rumours spoke of £7 million interest from Championship rivals Reading. His former club West Brom were also linked. As relayed by the Birmingham Mail, the Sunday People suggested the Baggies were keen on a deal this summer.
In the end, the rumours appeared baseless. But many Leeds fans would not have been overly disappointed if a deal had gone through. Roofe may have been Leeds’ top-scorer last season with 13 goals, but his inconsistency was certainly frustrating.
Put it this way, if Leeds fans were asked at the start of the summer who they would rather sell for £7 million, Roofe or Ronaldo Vieira, the youngster would rarely be the answer.
But the England under-21 star did go and Roofe stayed. At the moment, he is showing just why Marcelo Bielsa has so much faith in him.
He has started the season brilliantly. Yesterday, he tore Derby County to shreds. His first goal was a beautifully placed header. His second, all his own making. His excellent control saw him escape the attention of the Derby defence, before lashing home a left-foot strike.
His work rate up front is pivotal to Marcelo Bielsa’s gameplan and at the moment it appears he will have a huge role to play in Leeds’ season.
If he can keep this form up, Leeds will be pleased Roofe did not head out the exit door.