BBC pundit: This Leeds player has been snubbed despite good displays, he must start v Newcastle
By Alex Stevens
Noel Whelan has called on Garry Monk to name Kemar Roofe in his starting XI for Leeds’ Championship clash against Newcastle on Friday.
Roofe delivered a man-of-the-match display in the Yorkshire giants’ convincing 3-0 win against Preston on Saturday.
The attacking midfielder has found his game time limited since the January arrivals of wing duo Modou Barrow and Alfonso Pedraza but made the most of his recall to the starting XI at the weekend as manager Monk made three changes from the side that were defeated by Brentford in midweek.
Roofe kept his cool to lift his shot over Preston keeper Chris Maxwell after 18 minutes, before goals from Pablo Hernandez and substitute Souleymane Doukara secured the three points.
Former Leeds striker Whelan identified Roofe as the outstanding player on the pitch and explained why it was imperative that he was given the opportunity to start a second consecutive match against the automatic promotion favourites.
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“We know Monk will pick the side best suited to beating Newcastle, but Roofe will be gutted if he’s not starting next Friday,” Whelan told BBC Radio Leeds in the aftermath of the Preston win.
“He’s not started back-to-back games for a while but he’s actually had many good performances. He struggled at the start of the season, changed his game, had a good spell, then couldn’t really get in the team. ”
Roofe’s goal was his fourth of the season from 44 matches in all competitions, which have been supplemented by six assists.
He has made 36 league appearances out of a possible 41, but only 22 of those have been in the starting XI.
Leeds are well placed to secure a place in the end of season play-off positions, after they lifted their points tally to 72 with five matches of their league campaign remaining.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club have sealed an out-of-window midfielder transfer.