Prominent pundit Danny Mills fears Leeds United ace Kemar Roofe could be making a step backwards by joining RSC Anderlecht, as told to Football Insider.
The 5 ft 8 striker was left out of Marcelo Bielsa’s plans for the Championship curtain-raiser against Bristol City on Sunday, after reports emerged of serious interest from the Belgian Jupiler Pro League side, now managed by former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany.
Anderlecht are currently longing for a new striker, as they have endured their worst start to a league campaign in 21 years, having put just a single point on the board while scoring once.
Roofe appears to be the man identified by Kompany’s club, as the 26-year-old will be hosted at their facilities on Monday, August 5 for his medical, as the Purple and White reached a complete agreement with United for his transfer over the weekend.
Belgian outlet HLN understand the figure Anderlecht will pay for Roofe exceeds €7million (£6.4m), while the Walsall-born hitman is likely to sign a three-year deal at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium.
Roofe’s ankle injury sustained during our pre-season tour of Australia is unlikely to result in the uncapped Jamaica international failing his medical, with Anderlecht expecting the forward to be match fit by August 23 for their trip to Genk, at the earliest.
By going through with the €7million deal, though, Mills doubts it will prove to be the right change of scenery for 2020-free agent Roofe.
“Anderlecht is a decent club, [but] are they going to pay that much more than what Leeds United are paying him?” Mills pondered. “When he’s got the chance to get back into the Premier League, I’m not convinced that would be the case.
“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.”