Noel Whelan: This massively improved player has turned his Leeds career around
By Alex Stevens
Noel Whelan has praised Kemar Roofe for turning his Leeds career around after a difficult settling-in period at the Championship giants.
Roofe moved to Elland Road from Oxford in the summer for a fee of around £3million after being named the League Two player of the year last season.
The 23-year-old wide forward struggled to adapt to life in the second tier and failed to reproduce his prolific goalscoring from the lower leagues.
But Roofe has ignited his Leeds career in recent times and built on a solid of impressive displays by scoring the opener in the team’s 2-0 Championship win against Aston Villa on Saturday night.
It was the attacker’s first goal for Leeds in what was his 23rd appearance, 14 of which have been starts.
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Former Leeds striker Whelan has been struck by the transformation of Roofe and how he is starting to look the real deal for Garry Monk’s side.
“If anyone deserved that goal it was Kemar Roofe,” said Whelan, speaking on BBC Radio Leeds after the game. “The most improved player over the past five or six weeks, he’s really finding his feet in Championship football.”
Chris Wood followed up Roofe’s strike with a second in added time against Villa to secure Leeds’ fifth victory in six league matches and lift them to fourth in the table.
Monk’s side have now accumulated 32 points from 19 Championship matches this season and are eight points behind leaders Newcastle, who lost 2-1 to Nottingham Forest on Friday night.
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