, Leeds United and Kemar Roofe – Stick or Twist?

Leeds United and Kemar Roofe – Stick or Twist?

No update on contract talks and his deal being up in the summer of 2020, should Leeds United act immediately to tie down the Walsall-born hit man?

, Leeds United and Kemar Roofe – Stick or Twist?
Leeds United striker Kemar Roofe (7) scores a goal and celebrates during the EFL Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Leeds United at the Pride Park, Derby, England on 11 August 2018.

With an impressive 15 goals and 2 assists in the Championship this season, Kemar Roofe has had his most prosperous year since 2016 when Leeds United paid £3million for his services from Oxford United, this is having missed a large portion of the season down to injury.

Roofe and his performance levels came as somewhat of a shock to Whites fans this year with his first season in Yorkshire being a bit of a slow burner, but, when Patrick Bamford suffered injury before the 2018/19 season started, he was given the opportunity by new boss Marcelo Bielsa, an opportunity which Roofe duly accepted, grabbed with both hands and started the season like a man possessed.

Leeds fans would have been rightly perplexed by Bamfords injury, what with the club having spent its largest transfer budget since the early 2000’s on the Middlesbrough striker, as I’m sure they were happy to have the club show real intent with the signing of a player with such quality, especially so recently after bagging one of the worlds most notorious boss’s.

, Leeds United and Kemar Roofe – Stick or Twist?
Leeds United forward Patrick Bamford (9) celebrates his goal 0-1 during the EFL Sky Bet Championship match between Bolton Wanderers and Leeds United at the Macron Stadium, Bolton, England on 15 December 2018.

But that perplexity was quickly forgotten with Roofe’s fine early season form. Not only scoring regularly but scoring hugely important goals i.e Aston Villa away and Blackburn Rovers at home where he scored dramatic, injury time winners following Leeds coming back from 2-1 deficits.

Safe to say he has won a place in the hearts of Leeds United supporters, such a place being rather sought after by previous LUFC squad members I’m sure, so are contract jitters worrying for the United faithful?

In my opinion, which is completely worthless but I’m giving it anyway, Leeds should keep hold of Roofe, he has proven himself to be a player of real value for the club this season and has excelled in the lone striker role. I would also keep Bamford for that matter, there are goals in there for sure and I have no doubt that both players will go into the 2019/20 season hungrier than ever for goals… should they still be donning the famous white shirt.

One thing is certain, if Leeds United create as many chances and bare the possession stats that they did this season, there is going to be lots of goal scoring opportunities for both players again… however, they MUST work on their conversion rates.

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