New Leeds signing delivers eye-catching display in pre-season friendly
By Dominic Toner
New Leeds signing Kemar Roofe delivered an eye-catching display in his team’s friendly against Peterborough on Saturday.
Garry Monk’s team lost 2-1 at London Road but Roofe showed promising signs and supplied an assist by setting up the visitors’ goal.
Roofe twisted and turned inside the penalty area at the 16-minute mark before crossing for team-mate Alex Mowatt to grab the opening goal.
Yorkshire Evening Post’s chief football writer Phil Hay singled out the performances of Mowatt and Roofe during the first half of the clash.
The difference of playing Mowatt centrally is being made very obvious today. Starting to like Roofe a lot – tricky, with a creative eye.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) 23 July 2016
Leeds captured versatile forward Roofe earlier this month for a reported seven-figure fee, for the player who lit up League Two last season.
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New team-mate Mowatt has been at Elland Road since a youngster and has risen through their youth ranks to become a senior player in recent seasons.
Monk was first alerted by Roofe when Oxford sent his former side Swansea crashing out of the FA Cup, with the 23-year-old scoring a superb brace.
The versatile forward began his career at West Brom, where he failed to make a single appearance, but gained experience via five loan spells with clubs such as Cheltenham Town and Oxford, before signing permanently at the Kassam Stadium last summer.
It was after signing permanently at Oxford that Roofe really shone, scoring 26 goals in all competitions in his debut season and earning the League Two Player of the Year trophy.
In other Leeds team news, midfielder Conor Shaughnessy is on trial with the club after leaving a Championship side.