COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Leeds should continue to persist with Kemar Roofe despite his struggling goalscoring form.
The 23-year-old is yet to score for the Whites in 22 appearances since his summer arrival at Elland Road and needs that first goal to ignite his season.
Garry Monk should name the attacker in his starting line-up on Saturday as they host Aston Villa in the Championship.
Roofe moved to Leeds with the reputation of being a lethal finisher, scoring 25 goals in 49 appearances for Oxford as they were promoted from League Two.
The striker has made the jump up to the Championship this season and he has begun to show his quality in recent matches.
He will be desperate to end his goal drought, but should feel positive after another good display against Liverpool on Tuesday night.
Leeds were eliminated in the EFL Cup quarter-finals at Anfield, but had the better of the chances and Roofe was very unfortunate to see a curled effort striker the post.
The forward was a constant threat to the Liverpool defence and looked impressive in the number 10 role.
Monk should use him behind Chris Wood against Villa as he looks more suited in a central position.
Roofe has been used on several occasions as a left winger this season and he has been unable to damage teams, but has filled in well for the injured Pablo Hernandez as an attacking midfielder.
In-form Villa are expected to be a huge test for Leeds and the pace of Roofe on the counter attack could prove to be a useful asset.
In other Leeds news, Hadi Sacko has sent a message to the club’s supporters after the Liverpool defeat.