Kemar Roofe: I will take a back seat to this Leeds team-mate next season
By Dominic Toner
Kemar Roofe is relishing linking up with striker partner Chris Wood but suggested he will take a back seat to the Leeds targetman.
Roofe was signed by Leeds last week after being targeted on the back of an outstanding season for Oxford in which he won the League Two Player of the Year award for 18 goals and nine assists in the competition as they secured promotion as runners up.
But the 23-year-old has revealed that he expects former West Brom team-mate Wood to spearhead the attack and hinted that he will play in a deeper role off the New Zealand international.
“I already knew Chris Wood from our West Brom days – I know he’s got the big chest and volley down to a tee,” Roofetold the Leeds website. “I’ve been speaking to him. It’ll be good (to work together again). I know his game and he knows my game, so that makes our jobs easier.
“Everyone has welcome me massively. After my first day of training, it felt like I’d been here weeks already.”
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Roofe 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.
After impressing in League Two last season Garry Monk has decided the forward can cut it in the Championship, after signing him for a reported £3million last week.
The Leeds boss was first alerted by the 23-year-old when Oxford sent his former side Swansea crashing out of The FA Cup, with Roofe scoring a superb brace.
In addition to Roofe, Rob Green Matt Grimes, Marcus Antonsson, Kyle Bartley and Hadi Sacko have all joined in the window already.
Young starlet Lewis Cook has has left Elland Road this summer though to join Bournemouth, after being name the Football League Young Player of the Year last month.
In other Leeds news, they are locked in a battle with a Champions League club to land £1million winger.