It’s another tough decision after another very good month for the side. It was a fight between a few for the Player of the Month in December. Pontus Jansson, Kyle Bartley, Ronaldo Vieira and Souleymane Doukara all have cases as do a few others. I’ve decided that Kemar Roofe is the man to get it this month though, bagging his first two Leeds goals, adding to some impressive displays.
Roofe didn’t get off to the greatest of starts at Leeds but the raw ability was showing at times. Many of the early season debates were surrounding the forward and his capability playing at this level. Too many were saying he was out of his depth four and five games in. He jumped two divisions and needed time to settle and get to grips with the standard and how to be at his best within it. His performance against Rotherham and then Liverpool ignited his career and if it didn’t then his header to open the scoring against Aston Villa did exactly that.
Another goal arrived on Boxing Day, meeting a Pontus Jansson header to send us 0-1 against Preston at Deepdale. He then set up Hadi Sacko and Souleymane Doukara before half-time to have us 1-3 up and well on the way to three points in a crucial game. His overally contribution has improved massively and has been helped by a new role in the team, in behind the striker. The recovery of Pablo Hernandez will mean he may be shifted wide again but I think his confidence will be so high that it shouldn’t matter as much.
Much more to come from Kemar Roofe in 2017, but a very positive end to 2016.