By Richard Parks
Leeds United fans took to Twitter to destroy Kemar Roofe for his performance in their team’s Yorkshire derby defeat to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Saturday.
The attacking midfielder, 25, was selected in the starting XI as Paul Heckingbottom named his first team since being appointed the new Elland Road boss.
Roofe was given a wide role in a 4-3-3 in which Heckingbottom selected three central midfielders in Eunan O’Kane, Adam Forshaw and Kalvin Phillips.
Sheffield United secured the three points through two goals from Billy Sharp, with his late penalty sealing victory after Pierre-Michel Lasogga had cancelled out his brilliant opener with an emphatic header.
Leeds fans were unimpressed by the performance of Roofe, who lasted just 45 minutes before he was replaced at half-time by Pablo Hernandez, who had surprisingly been demoted to the bench by Heckingbottom.
Criticism of Roofe included him failing to pull his weight and struggling to do the basics, with one fan saying he is “like watching somebody eat soup with a fork”.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Watching Alioski and Roofe is a form of cruelty. Like watching somebody trying to eat soup with a fork. #lufc
— CK (@ephemeraljoy) February 10, 2018
Starting to wish the Roofe and Alioski would start spitting on people #lufc
— Chris Badley (@chrisbadley) February 11, 2018
My first tweet . I’ve drunk half a litre of gin . I went today , as I always do . My opinion is that Roofe and Alioski haven’t got the heart . From pitch side O’Kane did ok (in retaliation to everything I’ve read on here tonight ) Jansson a colossus . Dallas should play #lufc
— Da Feet (@TheFeet21) February 11, 2018
— Northern Monkey (@PIJ1965) February 10, 2018
Can’t believe we have these players on 3 and 4 yr contracts let alone at the club , namely ; Sacko , O’Kane , Roofe , Alioski , Cibicki , Klich , Grot . Crazy ! #LUFC
— chris (@LeedsLoudHaler) February 10, 2018
Roofe certainly is well beyong his sell by date in this side. We are carrying him. The others not as obviously but take your point. #lufc
— David Watkins (@DaveLUFCWatkins) February 10, 2018
The result means that Leeds have slipped to 11th in the league table and are now eight points adrift of the play-off positions.