Leeds Live journalist Beren Cross has claimed in a Q&A session with Leeds United supporters that Victor Orta has told him that the club are confident in agreeing a new deal for striker Kemar Roofe.
Roofe, 26, finished as the club’s top scorer last season despite spending two lengthy spells on the sidelines through injury. Indeed, he notched 15 goals for the Whites, including one in the Championship play-off semi-final.
However, the former Oxford United attacker’s contract is set to expire in the summer of 2020. Now that he has entered the final 12 months of his current deal, he has been linked with a move.
The Scottish Sun claimed that Roofe was a £5million target for Steven Gerrard’s Rangers, if Alfredo Morelos was to leave. But nothing has been heard since. Cross revealed a chat with director of football Orta about Roofe’s contract.
“I asked Orta about Roofe’s contract while we were in Australia and he was, personally, very confident there would be no issues with the talks and he would sign a new deal long before his current contract expires,” Cross said.
TBR’s view – Leeds cannot let Roofe go on the cheap, or for nothing
Roofe is the perfect player for Marcelo Bielsa. Quick, agile, excellent with the ball at his feet and most importantly, he can play in numerous position in Bielsa’s 4-1-4-1 system.
Indeed, the West Brom youth player is naturally a striker, but he can also do a job in the 10 role and play out wide. Signed by Garry Monk in 2016 for £3million, that figure is turning out to be a real bargain.
Next season, if Roofe can remain fit, he could find the back of the net more than he did last season. But the striker is already set to miss the start of the campaign through injury, and may miss the Brentford clash at Elland Road.