By Alex Stevens
Kemar Roofe has revealed the two main reasons why he has struggled to settle at Leeds following his £3million summer transfer.
The attacking midfielder explained that his fitness levels and lack of familiarity with his teammates had led to a difficult bedding-in process at his new club.
But Roofe is confident he is now ready to kick on and be an influential player for Garry Monk’s side in the wake of his impressive display during Tuesday’s 2-0 League Cup defeat to Liverpool.
The 23-year-old was the pick of the Leeds players at Anfield after being selected in the No10 role behind the main striker for the second consecutive match.
Roofe created problems for the high flying Premier League giants and was unfortunate that he did not open his Leeds goal account when a brilliant, curling 53rd minute shot cannoned off the post of Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.
““I did feel the shot was going to hit the post and go in,” Roofe said, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post. “Unfortunately it didn’t. Things just aren’t happening for me in front of goal but I’m happy with my performances. If I can keep doing this, the goals will come. I do feel really settled now.
“It takes time at a new club, especially when there are as many new faces as we had last summer. People have to get used to each other’s style and that takes time. My fitness also had to go up to Championship level as well. But I do feel I have that now.”
Roofe has played 22 matches for Leeds, 13 of which have been starts, and is still waiting for his first goal for the Yorkshire giants after scoring 23 times for Oxford in League Two last season.
The midweek defeat was a rare blip in what has been an excellent run of form by Monk’s side during the last two months.
Leeds are fifth in the Championship heading into Saturday’s Championship clash against in-form Aston Villa at Elland Road.
In other Leeds news, this duo are set to miss Saturday’s clash against Villa.