Crystal Palace are in desperate need of a new striker, that much has been clear from the moment Christian Benteke was injured back in September and now reports are linking the Eagles with a New Year move for Leeds striker Kemar Roofe.
The 25-year-old has been on the books at Elland Road since the summer of 2016, when he signed from Oxford United for a reported £3.5 million and has gone from strength to strength ever since. His first season in Yorkshire saw him bag just three goals in 49 appearances for the Whites but last term he upped his game dramatically, scoring 14 times in 39 appearances, including two hat-tricks along the way.
This season, that fine form has continued, with seven strikes in the Walsall native’s first 11 games, including one of each of Leeds’ last three fixtures. It sounds like a cliche but after seven seasons as a professional, it now feels as though the front-man is coming into his prime years. Roofe’s excellent return in 2018/19 will no doubt see new boss Marcelo Bielsa being showered with praise and with his side currently sitting atop the Championship table legitimate questions can and will be asked about the logic behind any mid-season move on the striker’s part.
The former Champions League outfit are often described in the media as the very definition of a “sleeping giant” and with Bielsa at the helm, many of their fans are heading towards the festive period feeling as though the sky is the limit. Roofe is clearly a big part of the Argentine’s immediate plans and is clearly brimming with confidence; of course, the lure of Premier League football will be tempting in itself but can you honestly see him pushing for a move in January if things continue to go from strength to strength in Yorkshire between now and then? I for one am struggling to imagine it.
Given his age, goal-scoring prowess and general playing style, Roofe is seemingly a great fit for Palace but as things stand, I think we can file this story under the category of “unlikely”.