Date: 31st July 2019 at 1:58pm
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In their Q&A session on Tuesday evening, LeedsLive confirmed that they had spoken to Victor Orta and that the Spaniard was confident of tying Kemar Roofe down to a new deal as his current contract is entering its final year.

The 26-year-old has just come off of the back of his best goalscoring campaign in the Championship, and due to the fact he was Leeds’ top scorer he may want a pay packet that represents how important he is to the squad – but the Whites should think carefully before granting him that.

Marcelo Bielsa himself has said that players won’t be able to reach the same levels they did last season, and those comments may have been alluding to his striker.

Indeed, before the Argentine took charge at Elland Road Roofe’s record wasn’t great. He’d scored just 15 league goals in 78 appearances in the two seasons before Bielsa took charge.

Bielsa’s system sees Leeds create an incredible number of chances for their strikers. The Whites had more shots at goal than any other team in the division last term, but their conversion rate was the worst.

This is partly down to Roofe’s poor finishing. He averaged the fourth-most shots per game in the division for 2018/19, but he didn’t come close to the top of the scoring charts.

A closer look at the numbers makes it seem that the 26-year-old hasn’t actually improved as a striker. His scoring record has been enhanced due to the number of chances he gets substantially increasing since Bielsa’s arrival. He took 40 more shots inside the box last season than he did the year before, and as a bi-product, he’s been able to find the net more often.

His conversion rate has actually gone down from 20.7% in the 2017/18 season to 14.8% last term.

Roofe is a prime example of a player who has had his game raised by the way Bielsa’s team plays. Which unfortunately means his form may dip to the level he was once at when the Argentine ends up leaving.

Therefore, Leeds need to be careful when offering him a new deal. Currently, they’re looking at their top scorer from last season, but he’s seemingly over performing due to the style of play Bielsa has implemented over the past 12 months.

They shouldn’t offer him a bumper contract that would reflect the wage a top Championship player would earn as he simply hasn’t proven himself to be of that calibre.

 

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