Championship rivals manager claims this Leeds signing is a risk
By Harvey Byrne
Bristol City manager Lee Johnson feels that Leeds have risked a substantial fee on signing someone with no Championship experience in Kemar Roofe.
The Whites splashed out £3million to sign last season’s League Two player of the Year from Oxford and are banking on him to help them push for a top six spot in the league next season.
In contrast, the Robins are shopping in the international market and have signed Iceland international Hordur Magnesson from Italian giants Juventus for around £2.5million.
Johnson believes that his strategy is better and pointed to Roofe’s fee as the prime example of the risk taken by splashing the cash on players in the lower leagues.
“You can buy an experienced international for that on the continent,” said Johnson referring to Roofe to the Bristol Post.
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“We’re seeing League Two players going for anything between £1million and £3million in this country and that is a lot of money to risk on someone who has not played in the Championship previously.
“As we’ve seen with Jonathan Kodjia, there are some very good players available in Europe and they are going to coust us a lot less.”
However, Leeds did sign Marcus Antonsson for £2million from Swedish club Kalmar just days before they purchased Roofe from Oxford.
Roofe began his career at West Brom, where he failed to make a single appearance but gained experience via five loan spells with clubs such as Cheltenham Town and Oxford, before signing permanently at the Kassam Stadium last summer.
It was after signing permanently at Oxford that Roofe really shone, scoring 26 goals in all competitions in his debut season and earning the League Two Player of the Year trophy.
Leeds were among a whole host of linked clubs to bring the Walsall-born attacker in, with Reading and QPR both credited with holding an interest.
However, Monk acted first, and has already brought in six signings since joining the club this summer. In addition to Roofe, Monk has signed Antonsson, Kyle Bartley, Robert Green, Matt Grimes and Hadi Sacko.
In other Leeds transfer news, the Whites are keeping close tabs on right-back Conor McLaughlin.