Kemar Roofe was one of those players who Leeds United were said to be in for during the summer, a rumoured interest that brought about about bouts of guffawing and the shaking of heads from a large number of fans.
The trouble was the ‘rumours’, as they were, turned out to be true and Kemar Roofe found imself to be a Leeds United player – a fee of around £3m paid to secure his services at Elland Road. The striker, whose goals essentially fired Oxford to promotion from Sky Bet League Two last season, found himself thrust into the demanding role of a Leeds United player.
Up to press, the 23-year-old forward has struggled for consistent time on the field, a victim of Garry Monk’s preferred 4-2-3-1 with Kiwi international Chris Wood leading the line as the lone man up front. Due to this, Roofe has only picked up 503 minutes of action across 13 appearances, although only four of these have been starts for the Whites.
In his post-match interview with BBC Radio Leeds’ Adam Pope, Roofe said that he was more than happy with both the result and his performance in the 1-0 win over Wolves yesterday. Many Leeds fans thought that he had scored his first Sky Bet Championship goal for the club following a neat run into the area and what looked like a deft touch to give all three points to United, despite there being suspicions of a Wolves defender getting the last touch.
Praising the work of Hadi Sacko to make the initial chance, Roofe said that he’d made the run and Sacko had put the ball in to the danger area with his [Roofe’s] run adding that threat and doubt in the defender’s mind. He said, “the guy got that touch but if he never I would have put it in myself.”
Perhaps the most telling thing in the interview clip is when he is talking about how his confidence can be developed. Responding to a question from interviewer Pope about this topic, Leeds’ young forward responded with: “Yeah, of course, my confidence will come with game time and just believeing in myself and I’m doing that.
Over the last two starts, the draw against Wigan and yesterday’s tight win against Wolves, the current Sky Bet League Two Player of the Year has shown improvements towards the kind of form that Leeds fans had hoped they would see after the goals at Oxford.
If confidence and potential is to come to the fore more, then Leeds fans will be hoping that Kemar Roofe will be played more often and can begin to get in and amongst the goals for the Whites.