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‘We’ve finally replaced Jermaine Beckford’ – Plenty of Leeds fans were over the moon with this signing



Leeds United had finished in 13th position in the Championship ahead of the 2016/17 campaign, where they had Garry Monk appointed as first-team manager.

Monk set about building a side that could improve on the mediocre mid-table finish the year prior as and he did that in earnest when scouting talent to add to Elland Road prior to the big kick-off.

Marcus Antonsson and Robert Green both arrived on permeant deals with Kyle Bartley, Hadi Sacko and Matt Grimes coming to the club on a temporary basis.

The sixth signing of the summer was arguably the most impressive for the club and certainly a marquee signing for Monk during his short spell in charge.

On July 7, 2016, after an impressive 26-goal season for Oxford United in League Two, Leeds United moved to sign Kemar Roofe.

Roofe signed a four-year deal at Elland Road and was given the number 10 shirt.

And it was an addition that certainly captured the imagination of the Leeds faithful.

Leeds finished 7th in the Championship during his first season at the club, missing out on the playoffs by three points.

Roofe would have a somewhat ineffective debut campaign, scoring three times 49 appearances in all competitions – he would, however, he the club’s third highest goal scorer – playing second-fiddle behind an imperial Chris Wood – who managed 30 goals.

It wasn’t all about goals for the then 23-year-old who registered seven assists during his 28 starts and 14 substitute appearances.

When the New Zealand international was sold to Burnley in the summer of 2017, Roofe had the chance to become the main man at Elland Road.

Having managed less playing time during his second season, and free from the shadow of Wood, Roofe became to prosper under new manager Thomas Christiansen.

Eleven goals and three assists were tallied up in a year that was below-par considering their seventh-place finish the previous campaign – but Roofe’s stats were impressive despite that, finishing the club’s top scorer for the 2017/18 campaign.

A fourth manager during his short spell at Elland Road was announced as Marcelo Bielsa, and Roofe soon began to excel under the Argentinian coach.

Having adapted to Bielsa’s style of play and demands, the striker has scored ten goals so far this term and is on course to smash his previous best for his current side having played half the games.

Now firmly the main man after biding his time as Wood’s understudy, Roofe is flourishing and becoming a star in his own right at Leeds.

The reaction to his signing was extremely positive, and that has proven correct with his current goal-scoring exploits and popularity amongst the Elland Road fanbase.


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