With a year left on his contract at Leeds United in the summer, Kemar Roofe left the Championship side for Anderlecht for a reported fee of €6m.
DH in Belgium have interviewed Leeds fitness coach Benoît Delaval, who explained he’s still in contact with Roofe. Delaval is of the belief the Anderlecht move will benefit the player to get a transfer elsewhere, still feels it was an unusual choice to leave Elland Road for the club.
“It’s an unusual career choice that demonstrates Kemar’s audacity. When he was 26, he dared to leave his country to play in a less famous competition,” Delaval said.
“When he told me about Anderlecht, I told him that it was a very good club in a championship very closely followed by the recruiters of the big clubs.
“When I was in Lille, I often looked at your country. Kemar knows that with a good season in Belgium, he could be spotted by a great championship. And why not the Premier League?”
“When WBA didn’t launch him as a pro after his training, he started again at the bottom of the ladder, but he climbs quite straight. Every season, he progresses. He aims for the top level. Kemar is an ambitious boy.”
The 26-year-old picked up an ankle injury while on preseason tour with Leeds United and that forced him to wait until the end of the last month to make his debut for the Jupiler Pro League side.
Anderlecht have struggled this season and due to limited options up front, they were eagerly waiting for the Walsall-born striker to return from injury.
Roofe has made four appearances so far, but it was not until three days ago the Englishman scored his first goal for his new club, against Sint-Truiden. He also registered an assist.