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Danny Mills offers honest verdict on imminent Leeds United departure

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Former Leeds United man Danny Mills has insisted that a move to Anderlecht would be the wrong one for striker Kemar Roofe, as the forward edges closer to departing Elland Road.

It is shaping up to be a busy final few days for the Yorkshire club, with the summer transfer window set to slam shut on Thursday afternoon.

Leeds will be in the market for a new goalkeeper to provide competition for Kiko Casilla following Bailey Peacock-Farrell’s move to Burnley, however a new forward will also be on Marcelo Bielsa’s radar with Roofe set to leave.

The 26-year-old, who scored 15 goals for Bielsa’s side in all competitions last season, looks set to join Anderlecht for around £5m after entering the final year of his contract at Elland Road.

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This would undoubtedly be a massive blow for the Argentine, having really developed Roofe during his time at Elland Road, and transforming him into one of the best centre-forwards in the Championship last season.

Speaking to Football Insider about Roofe’s imminent move to Anderlecht, Mills insisted that it would be a ‘backwards move’ for the former Oxford striker.

He said: “It’s a bit of a strange one, the level of Anderlecht, is it any better than Leeds? I don’t think it is. Are his wages going to be that much more than if he does well at Leeds? If he goes to Anderlecht, he could be forgotten.

“It’s a very strange sideways, if not backwards, move.”

Roofe wasn’t included in the squad that travelled to Bristol City at the weekend, although that didn’t seem to be a problem for the Whites, with Bielsa’s side easing past the Robins at Ashton Gate.

Goals from Pablo Hernandez, Patrick Bamford and Jack Harrison secured a comprehensive 3-1 victory for Leeds.

The Verdict

I am still quite baffled and shocked that Roofe is leaving Leeds, let alone to a European club like Anderlecht who have practically come out of nowhere in the race to sign Roofe.

I just can’t get my head around Leeds not offering Roofe a new deal before now – he is one of their best players and he would have scored 20 goals last season if he wasn’t so unlucky with injuries.

Maybe this will teach Leeds a lesson, and they will now look to lick their wounds


Nottingham-based journalist who regularly covers Nottingham Forest home and away.

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