Noel Whelan has claimed Leeds United should be willing to sell Patrick Bamford this summer if it means keeping Kemar Roofe.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Whelan explained he is expecting some high-profile departures from Elland Road in the wake of the team’s play-off failure.
Kalvin Phillips is attracting strong interest from Premier League clubs with significant bids expected, while forward pair Bamford and Roofe could also be in demand during the window.
Whelan believes it is more important for United to be able to call upon 26-year-old Roofe next season.
“I would rather keep Roofe than Bamford at this stage,” he said. “Patrick was often powderpuff up front, and there was not much bang from him against Derby. He is there to score goals and create mayhem around the box. To lose Patrick Bamford would be okay to me.
“It would be a massive plus to keep Roofe. It’s hard to tell if Premier League clubs will want him, as it is a much quicker game in the Premier League and you are up against a different quality of centre-back every week.
“But he is a top Championship forward who is sharp in and around the box, works hard and suits [Marcelo] Bielsa’s style of play.”
Bamford joined Leeds from Middlesbrough for £7million last summer and signed a lucrative four-year contract that a Leeds source has told Football Insider is worth around £30,000-a-week, which instantly made him one of the club’s top earners.
Roofe, who has a year remaining on his contract, topped the club’s goal charts with 15 this season, five more than Bamford, who missed a big chunk of the campaign due to two serious knee injuries.
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