By Tom Blackburn
Garry Monk has been aware of the ability of new Leeds signing Kemar Roofe for a number of years, he has revealed.
The Leeds manager has been tracking the 23-year-old striker ever since he caught his eye while playing against his former club Swansea.
Roofe was signed by Leeds last week after being targeted on the back of an outstanding season for Oxford in which he won the League Two Player of the Year award for 18 goals and nine assists in the competition as they secured promotion as runners up.
In an interview with LUTV, the Leeds boss was asked whether he was aware of Roofe’s recent performances.
“Of course I was well aware, especially from last season,” Monk replied. “He played against Swansea in the Cup; I wasn’t there at that time, but I obviously watched the game.
“He was on the radar for Swansea over the last two years, in terms of his name came up a few times.”
The Leeds boss was first alerted by the 23-year-old when Oxford sent his former side Swansea crashing out of The FA Cup, with Roofe scoring a superb brace.
After impressing in League Two last season Garry Monk has decided the forward can cut it in the Championship, after signing him for a reported £3million last week.
On Tuesday the 23-year-old has revealed that he expects former West Brom team-mate Wood to spearhead the attack and hinted that he will play in a deeper role off the New Zealand international.
“I already knew Chris Wood from our West Brom days – I know he’s got the big chest and volley down to a tee,” Roofe told the Leeds website.
“I’ve been speaking to him. It’ll be good (to work together again). I know his game and he knows my game, so that makes our jobs easier.”
In addition to Roofe, Rob Green Matt Grimes, Marcus Antonsson, Kyle Bartley and Hadi Sacko have all joined in the window already.
Young starlet Lewis Cook has has left Elland Road this summer though to join Bournemouth, after being name the Football League Young Player of the Year last month.