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15th Apr, 2017 | 5:38pm

Noel Whelan: I can see this player becoming a real asset for Leeds

By Harvey Byrne

Former Leeds man Noel Whelan has shared that he can see current attacker Kemar Roofe becoming a real asset for the club.

The 24-year-old made the switch to the Yorkshire giants in the summer from League One outfit Oxford.

He had struggled to cement a place in the team in his opening few months of the club and many off his appearances were coming from the bench.

However, he has started the club’s last two league games against Preston and Newcastle respectively, returning a goal and an assists.

Now, after Friday evening’s 1-1 draw against the Magpies Whelan was full of praise for the young attacker and predicted much more to come from the former West Brom trainee.

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“Leeds were in the game in the first half. They started really well,” told Whelan  as quoted by the BBC Leeds website’s live match blog (Friday, 10.17pm).

“Leeds have a balance across the team now. They have players with a range of attributes – Pedraza likes to come into the box and score goals, and Roofe has got better and better. I can see Roofe being a real asset for Leeds.

“Benitez has been talking to the press about how much time was added on, but you can question why his players didn’t score from numerous set-pieces. ”

Roofe’s assist on Friday has now taken his total up to seven, while he has also scored four himself in 45 matches for the club in all competitions this season.

Fans will now be hoping his recent fine displays continue as the club still faces a battle to finish in the top six this season with four matches of the season left.

Garry Monk’s side will take on Wolves next on Monday at Elland Road who are currently placed in 16th in the Championship table.

In other Leeds news, Pontus Jansson had this message for supporters ahead of the Wolves clash.

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