Leeds United, after beating Rotherham 2-1 early last season, spent 142 day and 26 games in the Championship play-off places. A 1-0 defeat to Wolves saw them drop to 7th place, with just three games left. It also left Oxford United out-of-pocket say the Oxford Mail.
Many thought that Leeds United were destined for at least a play-off place last season, with dogged displays keeping the Whites in contention. However, a drop-off in form, coupled with a late surge by an impressive Fulham side, saw the Whites drop out of the top six and finish the season in a creditable 7th place.
But that eventuality, according to the Oxford Mail, meant that Oxford United “have missed out on a six-figure bonus” that was part of the £3 million deal that took free-scoring Kemar Roofe to Elland Road.
This was confirmed by Oxford boss Michael Appleton who said: “We would have had a little windfall through the Roofe deal if they had got promoted, but I think it lasts for the length of his first contract.” The Oxford Mail go on to say that the amount is question, that would be given to Oxford as part of a promotion clause, is thought to be in the region of £500,000.
Roofe was coming off of a 17-goal, 10-assist season for Oxford after 2015/16 League Two campaign, but failed to replicate those heady figures two rungs up the league ladder. However, he managed to impress Leeds United fans with his work rate and team ethic, scoring four goals and providing six assists in his first Sky Bet Championship season.