Noel Whelan has expressed his surprise that Kemar Roofe has been “all over the place” for Leeds United since his return from injury.

United’s 14-goal top scorer was outstanding in the first half of the campaign, when he was the spearhead of the team’s aggressive attacking style and contributed some crucial goals.

But Roofe has made no impact since returning at the start of this month after a knee injury that had sidelined him since mid-February.

‘He’s not showed the class we know he has, he’s been all over the place” Whelan exclusively told Football Insider. “Roofe was fantastic in the first half of the season and looked as good as any forward in the division.

“He’s been nothing better than okay since his return. He’s not looked up to speed. I was expecting him to make a big impact, even just as a substitute, but unfortunately it’s not happened when we really need him.”

Roofe has not made the starting XI since his return to fitness but has been used as a substitute in each of Leeds’ last five league games.

He was given extended run-outs in the shattering recent defeats to Brentford and Wigan Athletic, but could not turn either game in the favour of his side.

United’s automatic promotion hopes are in tatters after a calamitous Easter weekend, and they are facing the prospect of the end-of-season play-offs with two matches of their campaign remaining.

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