Early Leeds team news: Reliable journalist predicts shock front three to face Nottingham Forest
By Harry Sykes
Kemar Roofe is expected to spearhead the Leeds United attack in their Championship clash against Nottingham Forest on Saturday evening, according to a reliable journalist.
Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Lee Sobot predicted on his personal Twitter account on Saturday morning that manager Thomas Christiansen would deploy attacking midfielder Roofe in the centre-forward role despite the signing of Jay-Roy Grot this week.
Sobot claimed it would be “fascinating to see how Christiansen” uses the 19-year-old Holland Under-19 international but expects him to start on the substitute’s bench 48 hours after his arrival.
Instead, Roofe, who has been predominantly used in winger role since signing from Oxford United last summer, is set to be used as an emergency striker.
Fascinating to see how Christiansen goes with Grot. On bench maybe with Roofe up tops. Alioski and Hernandez or Dallas out wide. #lufc
— Lee Sobot (@LeeSobotYEP) August 26, 2017
Sobot expects Ezgjan Alioski, outstanding in the 2-0 win at Sunderland last weekend, to start out wide, with the other member of the front three to be either Pablo Hernandez or Stuart Dallas.
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This would allow Samuel Saiz, the new darling of the Elland Road faithful, to start a league match as the central playmaker for the first time.
Roofe scored a hat-trick in midweek in the 5-1 League Cup demolition of minnows Newport County but he has yet to score in Leeds’ four league matches this season.
It would be a gamble for Christiansen to start with the 24-year-old up top but the manager is short of options while Grot beds in after Chris Wood was sold to Burnley earlier this week and Caleb Ekuban broke down with a hamstring injury last weekend.
Leeds prised Grot from Dutch club NEC on Thursday for an initial £750,000 in a deal that could rise to £1.5million.
In other Leeds United transfer news, an £8million bid has been rejected for a Championship goal machine wanted by the club.