There’s a report in the Chronicle today that Chief Scout Graham Carr is keeping tabs on 22 year-old Oxford United midfielder Kemar Roofe.
Apparently the news is that Carr was in the stands at the Kassam Stadium for Oxford United’s 1-0 win over Cambridge United last Saturday.
There are good players in the lower leagues in England, the only problem being for top clubs is to spot them early because there are multiple cases of players who have made it in the Premier league after playing in the lower leagues.
Kemer Roofe – Oxford attacking midfielder
Two recent examples are Deli Alli and Jamie Vardy as just two examples of a young player and a more mature player who have recently made it in the England’s top league and played for England too.
Kemer Roofe is an attacking midfielder who started his career at West Brom and only moved to Oxford United in the summer after spending six months on loan at the club.
While on loan at Oxford he scored 6 goals in 16 appearances last season and this season he has scored 10 goals in 18 games for Oxford United – so let’s say he’s had a very good year away from West Bromwich Albion.
Roofe’s contribution for Oxford has also helped them move into second place in League Two and only five points behind leaders Plymouth Argyle.
Newcastle do seem to have made a good signing in the summer when we picked up 19 year-old Ivan Toney from Northampton Town for around £500K and he’s currently on loan at Barnsley after initially impressing on Tyneside.
Maybe Kemer could be another signing for us – either in January or next summer.
But Newcastle still have to pay out big money for players who are ready to contribute to Newcastle in January and we are hoping for some good signings when the winter transfer window opens up.
There’s nothing wrong with getting some good bargains in the lower leagues but we cannot rely only on players who are untested in producing the goods quickly for Newcastle – which has happened too many times in the past.
While we could sign Roofe in January we also expect Newcastle to bring in mature players who can immediately produce and play in the first team for us.