Phil Hay is reporting that Kemar Roofe is in Belgium, and it appears that he will join up with Anderlecht on a permanent basis.
Contacts in Belgium say Kemar Roofe has passed his medical and will join Anderlecht on a three-year deal. #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) August 5, 2019
Roofe was in the last year of his contract at Leeds, and it appeared that Leeds were having trouble getting him to agree to a new deal. And while the window is closing soon, leaving little time to get a deal done, it’s not the worst thing in the world to move a player who would be free to leave at the end of the season. The reported fee, £7 million, is pretty good business for the club as well.
It’s also being reported elsewhere that Leeds are looking at using any money from a Roofe sale on Liverpool’s Ryan Kent. And while currently plays on the wing, he’s someone that Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has identified as possibility to play up top.
Despite the good business, Roofe leaving is still a blow to the team. He thrived under Bielsa, and almost every Leeds fan will remember his late winning goals against Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers for a long time. It’s also worth noting that his absence from injury down the stretch saw Leeds go from being comfortably in the automatic promotion spots to falling to third place and ultimately losing in the playoffs to Derby County.
Good luck to Roofe, and here’s hoping he can light up the scoreboard in Belgium and that he can get Leeds a good amount of money in a sell-on clause.