'Absolute baller', 'Better than Chris Wood' – Leeds fans react to 24-year-old display v Newport
By Harry Sykes
It was Kemar Roofe’s turn to lead the Leeds line on Tuesday evening in the Carabao Cup game against Newport County.
And he carried on the club’s cup hat-trick heroics, after Samuel Saiz fired them through to Round 2 with a hat-trick against Port Vale last week.
After Newport opened the scoring in the 33rd minute, Roofe brought the match level just before half time, scoring from close range after a corner kick.
His second came just after the restart when a ball from Stuart Dallas rebounded to him to volley home.
He almost secured the match ball in the 63rd minute with a brilliant long-range chip, but the bar came to Newport’s rescue.
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There was no denying him though and two minutes later he completed his hat-trick in style, with an overhead kick.
It was an incredible return considering he’d only scored three goals in 53 appearances across all competitions for Leeds prior to tonight’s game.
3 – Kemar Roofe has scored as many goals tonight as he did in his previous 53 apps in all comps for Leeds (3). Update.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 22, 2017
And Leeds fans were delighted with his goal-scoring heroics – especially as they’re looking for attackers to step up in the wake of leading scorer from last season Chris Wood leaving for Burnley.
He was given a standing ovation when he left the pitch in the 75th minute, but the scoring hadn’t stopped there, with Samu Saiz and Ronaldo Vieira making it a top night for the Elland Road crowd.
Now they have two hat-trick heroes in the Carabao Cup and they took to Twitter to heap praise on Roofe after the 5-1 victory.
Here is a selection of their reactions on Twitter:
— Rebecca Cuthbertson (@BeccaaLaurenxx) August 22, 2017
Nice one Roofe. Immense talent and just has to stick at it in face of tough competition.
— Ian Johnson (@IanJohnson1973) August 22, 2017
The Roofe The Roofe is on fire. simply simply lovleh #lufc
— m.skeets (@Poodle48) August 22, 2017
So roofe plays in his natural position and scores a hat trick!!! Stranger things have happened ????
— David Newsome (@newsome_10) August 22, 2017
Someone call the fire brigade to elland road, the roofe is on ???? ????????????MOT
— Andy Daw (@dawsey79) August 22, 2017
It's one match for Roofe, but I Really hope he comes good I think he's a real talent. Maybe he needs to play as a Striker? Give us options.
— Robie (@TheRealRobNeal) August 22, 2017
After one game as a striker, Roofe has more hat-tricks for Leeds than Chris Wood.
— Dec Kissane (@DecKissane) August 22, 2017
— Jonathan Hick (@jonnyhick89) August 22, 2017
Leeds play Roofe up front for one game and he nets a hat trick, not rocket science is it
— Jack (@jk4295) August 22, 2017
Dyche in the crowd watching Roofe, £15m bid coming in from Burnley, next week looking at Saiz!
— 25+75=15 (@weggy71) August 22, 2017
Kemar Roofe absolute baller
Always was always will be better than Chris Woods…
— Joseph (@joey9baker) August 22, 2017