Kemar Roofe has said that he has been anticipating playing a senior game at The Hawthorns for a long time – and will finally do it for Leeds this weekend.
Roofe kick started his football career by rising through the ranks at West Brom’s academy, notably playing in the same under-23s squad as the infamous Saido Berahino.
The striker completed numerous loan spells in the lower tiers of the English Football League, while also clocking up two matches in Reykjavik for Icelandic first division side Vikingur in 2011. For all of his efforts in the UK and Scandinavia, as well as his 78 appearances for the under-23 team, Roofe was shipped off to Oxford United in 2015.
Fast forward three years and the 25-year-old has become an integral part of Leeds’ current Championship successes, having transferred from Oxford for £3 million in July 2016. He has scored six goals in nine league matches for the Whites this season, helping Marcelo Bielsa’s side to catapult to the top of the second tier.
While he never made the Albion first team, Roofe admits, to the Express and Star, he is excited for his return this weekend, because the club played a “major part” in his career thus far.
I spent most of my life there.
It will be good to go back to the The Hawthorns. I’ve waited a long time to play there in a professional match and this will be my first time.
Regardless of the nostalgic feel surrounding the fixture, Roofe stated that getting three points for United is the pure priority at the moment, no matter how familiar the opposition.
(Scoring against West Brom) would be just another goal. It doesn’t matter who I score against or how they go in, it is just about helping the team to win.