I think this falls under the category of ‘lucky escape’.
The club yesterday announced that Kemar Roofe had suffered a high ankle injury during the club’s victory over Western Sydney Wanderers in Australia which is set to rule the 26-year-old out for four weeks.
As I touched on yesterday, the centre forward position and how Leeds were going to approach the last few days of the window, should be dictated by the injury news surrounding Kemar Roofe. Had this been the kind of injury that saw him out of action for a couple of months, then an argument could be made for Leeds to go out and find someone on a short term loan deal. If the injury was worse, then a permanent transfer might have been the correct option, someone like Jordan Hugill who the club have been linked with before.
However, seeing as this is a short term injury, and will only keep him out for the first couple of games, this shouldn’t be a rallying call for the club to go out and buy a new centre forward.
However with the likes of Patrick Bamford at the club’s disposal, who did a fine job of filling in for Roofe last year when the time required, then Leeds don’t need to go out and spend any time or resources tracking down a new man. They should use that time on trying to find a centre back. That’s the position that needs looking at the most.
In fact, the injury lines up perfectly for the club with the international break. If I were the club, I would not bring him back until after the clubs return for duty during the early part of September. You don’t want to risk rushing him back and reinjuring the ankle and setting him out for a longer period of time. You’ve got the players to cover for him, so use them.