Noel Whelan: Leeds must not axe this 24-year-old v Burton
By Danny Wright
Noel Whelan believes it would be unfair for Thomas Christiansen to axe Kemar Roofe from his Leeds United squad to play Burton at Elland on Saturday.
Roofe, 24, has led the line of attack in his last two appearances for the Whites in the absence of a natural striker due to Chris Wood’s sale and Caleb Ekuban’s injury.
However the former West Brom attacker has scored four goals in those two matches, including a stunning hat-trick against Newport County in the Carabao Cup.
Leeds have since brought in Pawel Cibicki and Pierre-Michel Lasogga at the back end of the transfer window and although Whelan expects the latter to start, he thinks it would be unfair on Roofe.
“I think one of the [new] strikers will play,” said the former Whites striker on BBC Radio Leeds, as shown on the BBC website. “I’m probably leaning more towards Lasogga to start tomorrow [Saturday].
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“Obviously someone is going to miss out on the wings.
“I don’t think you can drop Roofe, if anything is going to happen Roofe is going to come on to the left-hand side and Hernandez might drop to the bench but he’s got so many options, and so many choices, that it’s got to be difficult.”
Leeds have had an extremely busy summer and Saturday will give Cibicki and Lasogga their first chance to show the Elland Road support exactly what they’re capable of.
The Yorkshire giants have had a very impressive start to the Championship season, winning three of their first five without having to endure a defeat nor conceding a goal since the opening day.
Burton on the other hand could find themselves bottom of the table if results go against them this weekend having only won once of their first five league games.
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