It’s fair to say that Kemar Roofe hasn’t hit the ground running at R.S.C. Anderlecht, after he completed his Elland Road exit from Leeds in the summer.
Roofe hit 14 league goals for Marcelo Bielsa’s side last term as they narrowly missed out on a long-awaited promotion into the Premier League.
But Roofe has made just three league appearances for Anderlecht in a spell that has been disrupted with injuries, but did score in their recent win over Sint-Truidense V.V. at the weekend.
The former Leeds striker will be hoping to make up for his slow start to life in Belgium as the season progresses.
He took to Instagram following the win, and was pleased to score his first league goal for the club.
Roofe’s former teammates Kalvin Phillips, Tyler Roberts and Izzy Brown reacted to Roofe’s latest performance for his new club, and were evidently pleased to see him in good form for the Belgian giants.
Leeds will be hoping that they can build on an impressive performance at the weekend, after they beat Birmingham City 1-0 at Elland Road.
Phillips scored the only goal of the game, and is likely to feature for when Leeds are next in action on Tuesday against Preston North End.
Roberts has struggled for game time in the first team under Marcelo Bielsa so far this season, with strong performances from the likes of Mateusz Klich and Stuart Dallas keeping him out of the starting XI in recent weeks.
Who would start for Leeds if Roofe was still at the club?
The debate amongst the majority of the Elland Road faithful is in the striking department, with plenty of Leeds supporters calling for Eddie Nketiah to be starting ahead of Patrick Bamford.
Bamford has struggled for consistency in front of goal this season, and has four goals to his name, which is the same as Nketiah who has had considerable less game time than the former Middlesbrough forward.
But some supporters will surely feel as though they would be in a much stronger position in their promotion bid if they had a striker with the cutting edge in front of goal that Roofe had for the Whites last season.
I still think they’ll slightly regret selling him.
Roofe showed that he was a key player for Marcelo Bielsa’s side, and I think they’d be well clear at the top of the Championship if they had kept hold of him over the summer.
He’s a striker that knows where the goal is, and performed consistently throughout last year’s campaign, which is something that Patrick Bamford seems to be struggling to cope with this season.