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If Leeds United get £7m for Kemar Roofe they must sell

Leeds United’s attacker has been linked with a move away on social media this week.

Mathew Nash

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Over the past week, there have been rumblings over the future of many Leeds United players. Felix Wiedwald is gone whilst Marcus Antonsson is imminent. Tyler Denton, Gaetano Berardi, and others are also being linked with the Elland Road exit door. Including Kemar Roofe.

Twitter has been awash with rumours about the forward’s future. A £7m bid from Reading has even been mooted, as reported by the Reading Chronicle. Whilst there is nothing official on this point, the former Oxford United man is seemingly a target for his former club’s local rivals.

At the moment, this is strictly a rumour. But if Leeds could get £7 million for Roofe, should they sell?

Absolutely.

(during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Leeds United at Cardiff City Stadium on September 26, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales.

Since signing from Oxford in 2016 the attacker has played 82 times for the club, scoring 16 goals. Last season he was the club’s top scorer, with 13 goals from 33 games.

But it is fair to say Leeds fans are not sold on the 25-year-old. They expected more after Roofe smashed home 26 goals in his final season at the Kassam Stadium. That sort of free-scoring ability has not been prevalent at Elland Road.

His best position is also up for debate. Is he an out-and-out striker, left-winger or a number 10? It doesn’t appear he knows, let alone any of the three managers he has worked under in West Yorkshire.

Marcelo Bielsa might like the fluidity of his play and positional sense. However, if Reading or any team comes calling with £7 million, then Leeds should pack Roofe’s bags for him.

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  1. Sydney-Leeds

    June 21, 2018 at 9:56 am

    Sell sell sell don’t even think about it hurry put him in a box with flowers

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Apparent Boaz Myhill interest highlights what Leeds United still need despite Jamal Blackman deal

The Leeds goalkeeping department is lacking experience.

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One area where Leeds United have been needing to improve this summer has been in goal. WIth Felix Wiedwald and Andy Lonergan leaving the club after poor one season stints plenty of names have been mentioned. It seems that Jamal Blackman will be the man to take the reins.

However, according to Hull Live, it seems Boaz Myhill was also on their radar.

Hew left West Brom this summer after his contract with the Baggies came to an end and the club suffered relegation.

It now appears he is off to Bolton Wanderers, but should Leeds have been more forceful in their interest?

The one concern, if Leeds go with Blackman and Bailey Peacock-Farrell next season, will be a lack of experience in the goalkeeping department.

(during the FA Cup Quarter Final match between Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion at Villa Park on March 7, 2015 in Birmingham, England.

At 35-years-old Myhill would have been a brilliant addition to the pack. The wily veteran could have added the experience necessary to help Blackman, still young at 24-years-old and the talented but raw 21-year-old.

Of course, Myhill would not have wanted to play second or even third fiddle for a Championship side. So Bolton, on his part makes perfect sense. He will be a regular in some of the final years of his career.

But hearing of Leeds apparent interest earlier this summer does highlight the need perhaps for another recruit. A 30-plus stopper willing to play a bit-part role and help the young Leeds keeper department improve and develop.

If Leeds can find such a player, they would be wise to snap him up.

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Leeds United round-up: Vieira wanted, Radrizzani buying Bari and Antonsson leaves

All the latest news and gossip from Leeds United.

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Vieira wanted

Cardiff City want Leeds United midfielder Ronaldo Vieira this summer. The Sun on Sunday reports that the England under-21 international has become a target for the newly-promoted Premier League side.

Neil Warnock wants to add some stability to their midfield. He is now ready to make a move for the player, in a deal which could be worth around £8 million.

Leeds will not want to sell the player considering his importance to the team and his youth.

(during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Leeds United at iPro Stadium on February 21, 2018 in Derby, England.

Radrizzani new club

It is reported that Leeds United chairman Andrea Radrizzani is about to add to his footballing portfolio – according to Repubblica.

It appears he is part of a partnership with Ferdinando Napoli to save the Italian side Bari. they are in financial trouble and the mayor of Bari is pushing for the deal to go through.

It would be interesting to see if a deal would then develop into a link between the two clubs.

Antonsson departs

Marcus Antonsson has left Leeds. He has headed back to Sweden, joining Malmo.

The striker struggled to settle into life at Elland Road and could not find the net regularly in the Championship.

He was a success with Blackburn Rovers last season on loan and will now join former Leeds boss Uwe Rosler’s new team.

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Leeds United must not sell Ronaldo Vieira despite £8m windfall

The England youth international is a future star for Leeds.

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Leeds United are reportedly having to fend off interest in one of their players from newly promoted Cardiff City. According to the Sun on Sunday (15/07/18, pg 59), Cardiff are keen on signing Ronaldo Vieira from Leeds this summer. A £8 million fee is even being mentioned with Neil Warnock keen on bringing the England under-21 midfielder to South Wales.

The move will no doubt tempt the player. The chance to play in the top-flight is an alluring one. It will also tempt Leeds. That amount of money could be used wisely to invest in new players, maybe even help them get the Matej Vydra or Abel Hernandez deals over the line.

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But both the player and Leeds must resist the temptation.

For Vieira, a move to Cardiff would be a mistake. He would not be a regular and his development would be impacted. Also, despite Cardiff proving many doubters wrong last season, it is hard to see the Bluebirds staying up next term. A Premier League position may only be temporary.

As for Leeds, it may be an enticing figure but Vieira could be worth much more one day. The Guine-Bissau born star only turns 20 this week and should be a player Leeds build the side around going forward, rather than letting him go.

Leeds fans are fed up of seeing their homegrown talent leave. Sam Byram, Lewis Cook, Charlie Taylor. Vieira must not join that list.

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