By Russell Edge

10th Dec, 2017 | 11:40am

BBC pundit blown away by super alert Leeds fringe player in win v QPR

Former Leeds United player Noel Whelan has said that attacker Kemar Roofe can offer the Whites everything they need up front after grabbing a hat trick against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

The natural winger, who has been utilised in a central role by Thomas Christiansen, was able to put three past QPR at Loftus Road, his last coming in the final minute of the 3-1 victory.

His efforts came after Caleb Ekuban, who was chosen to lead the line from the start, limped off the pitch injured after just 38 minutes, being replaced by Pawel Cibicki who took on the mantle of the centre forward.

Now Whelan has lavished praise on the 24-year-old, saying that he has a wide range of attributes which make him a real threat to the opposition.

Speaking after the clash on BBC Radio Leeds (09/12, 17:00) he said: “I think he gives you something a little bit different. He’s one of these players who’s very, very busy up front.

“He always likes to take a centre-half into a place he doesn’t want to go, he runs channels, he can hold the ball up, he’s quick thinking, he links up well with Saiz and the wide men, and he can back up and hold the ball up and bring it down.

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“He has got everything, and today’s been a great day for him. Nine goals before Christmas is a good return.”

So far this season Roofe turned out 17 times for Leeds in the Championship, although has been on the fringes of the senior squad with just 10 of those appearances coming in the starting XI, and his goals on Saturday have doubled his tally for the campaign to six strikes.

He may well be chosen to start up front when the Whites take on Norwich next weekend, with both Ekuban and Jay Roy Grot joining Pierre Michel Lasogga in the treatment room for their respective injury layoffs.

In other Leeds United news, the club have seen a wonderkid arrive at Elland Road ahead of a potential transfer.

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