Leeds United may be second in the Championship and Patrick Bamford may have just produced one of his best performances of the season, but the Whites fans would still be forgiven for feeling a little frustrated at seeing Kemar Roofe’s form since his Elland Road exit.
Roofe became an important player for Anderlecht before he had even made his debut. Vincent Kompany’s men made a poor start to the campaign, so the striker’s return from injury could not come soon enough.
And he has now shown why the Belgians paid Leeds £7 million to sign the 26-year-old (fee reported by Goal).
Roofe has scored four goals in his last four appearances, including three in two. Of course, two of those goals have come from the penalty spot. But one of his goals against Gent last week saw Roofe produce a sublime finish from the edge of the box.
That goal may perhaps leave Leeds fans wondering what would have happened had he stuck around. Before Saturday’s win against QPR, Leeds had scored five goals in their previous seven games.
And before the 2-0 victory, Leeds fans would have had to go back to mid-September to find the previous occasion where they had two goals to celebrate in the same game.
Of course, Roofe may not have solved Leeds’s problems. In fact, given his injury, there is every chance that the former Oxford United man would have gone into the weekend still awaiting his first league start of the campaign, just as Eddie Nketiah did.
And had Roofe stuck around, it seems unlikely that Leeds would have signed Nketiah anyway.
Nevertheless, his impressive form since leaving may just add a little pressure onto Bamford and Nketiah’s shoulders.