The experiment is over: Leeds first teamer will not be used in this position again - report
By Alex Stevens
The experiment of Leeds using Kemar Roofe in a wide attacking position is over, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim that the versatile attacker is much happier playing through the middle and will not be used again on the flank by the club.
This leaves Leeds with just three principal wide options in Stuart Dallas, Hadi Sacko and Souleymane Doukara ahead of the January transfer window and could force manager Garry Monk to strengthen the position.
Roofe has taken advantage of an injury to first choice playmaker Pablo Hernandez to thrive in a central attacking midfield position in Leeds’ last three matches.
The summer signing from Oxford served notice of his potential in the No10 role with a fine display in the 2-1 league win over Rotherham before following it up with even more effective performances against Liverpool in the League Cup and Aston Villa in the Championship.
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Following several near misses, Roofe finally broke his Leeds scoring duck last weekend, when he scored the opening goal in the team’s 2-0 win over Villa.
It came in the attacker’s 23rd match for the Yorkshire giants, 14 of which he has started, and propelled them to a fifth win in six league matches and fourth place in the table.
It is expected that Hernandez will once again be absent for Leeds’ Championship trip to Brighton on Friday night, paving the way for Roofe to be retained in the central playmaking role.