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27th Dec, 2016 | 10:47am

How 23-year-old Leeds ace has gone from zero to hero under Garry Monk

COMMENT By Will Butcher

Kemar Roofe has inspired Leeds assault on the top of the Championship, despite misfiring at the start of the season.

The 23-year-old ace has been in wonderful form for the Yorkshire giants in recent games, as Leeds maintain a play-off place under talented young manager Garry Monk.

It was a very different feeling in Yorkshire for both Leeds and Roofe earlier in the season. Rewind just two months and Leeds were near the bottom of the Championship, and attacker Roofe was being roundly criticised.

His hefty £3million transfer fee was far from being repaid as he remained fruitless in front of goal, despite scoring 26 goals for Oxford United last season.

Playing out wide for Leeds, Roofe struggled to have an impact on games as Monk’s side stuttered in the lower depths of the Championship.

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However, a few wins in the bag and Roofe was a different player. Confidence reinstalled, last season’s League Two Player of the Year has began to show what he is capable of.

A hamstring injury to four-time Spain international Pablo Hernandez saw Roofe move into the number 10 role behind striker Chris Wood, and the former West Brom youth player thrived.

Regaining his belief, Roofe has orchestrated Leeds’ attacks as he looks to recover the ability to glide past his opponents and find the back of the net.

Without a Leeds goal before December, Roofe now has two after strikes against Aston Villa and Preston on Boxing Day. He also provided an assist during the 4-1 win at Deepdale.

Fans will be hoping to see Roofe continue the form that saw Leeds pay £3million for him this summer against Villa on Thursday, as Leeds travel to Villa Park.

In other Leeds news, James Beattie sent this Twitter message to fans after the win against Preston.