Whilst news from earlier, via Adam Pope, might have stopped the palpitations that Leeds United fans were having over Rangers interest in Kemar Roofe, it appears the relief is only temporary.
According to Sky Sports live transfer ticker (12th July – 16:41), Kemar Roofe is now attracting interest from Premier League sides Brighton and Hove Albion and Crystal Palace. This is according to the media giant’s ‘sources’ who also say that Roofe is being tracked by various, unnamed Sky Bet Championship clubs who “would also be keen to sign the player this summer.”
It’s understandable interest in fairness after all Roofe was Leeds United’s top scorer last season with 15 goals in the Sky Bet Championship. This is even more impressive given that it was a 2018/19 campaign which was curtailed, to some degree, by injury. Goals are a striker’s currency, a team’s lifeblood and it is obviously these that Brighton and Palace are said to be eyeing.
Yet, Roofe is more than just a reduction to this, much more. There is his running and ability to create space for others which singles him out to be more than just a one-trick, goal-laden pony. Leeds United fans are aware of his capacities and capabilities, and When the links arise, there is a definite sense of discomfort among them.
There is talk that the Whites are in negotiations with Roofe and his advisors over an improved deal that will make him one of the top earners at the club. However, as things stand the former Oxford United forward has just a year left on his deal and this leaves the Whites open to him being cherry-picked.