The stats speak for themselves this season if you are Kemar Roofe. Six league goals, nine overall and more than a few appearances off the bench to think about when you account for those stats. On Saturday he bagged his second hat-trick of the season and it’s about time he got a run in the team as the striker.
Caleb Ekuban is a very good option and I rate him highly but as we know he is set for a spell on the sidelines again, the same injury that has kept him out for most of the season is back. It leaves us with three strikers, Pierre-Michel Lassoga, Jay-Roy Grot and Kemar Roofe. Lasogga went through a spell where he was the number one, but it’s fair to say in recent weeks he has dropped down the pecking order behind Caleb Ekuban and Kemar Roofe. Roofe started the first game back from the international break in a 2-1 win against Boro and then played there for just over a half at Queens Park Rangers, bagging all three goals in a very good performance.
When Roofe plays up front it brings a different style to the side. I said it after the game against Nottingham Forest earlier in the season and it is so evident when he is played there. I will go back to the Cardiff City game, where we were absolutely awful. In that game I gave Kemar Roofe a seven in the ratings. I thought he was the only bright spark in the side and he worked very hard, eventually getting a goal, it was others who let us down on the night. We can’t go direct so we play through the lines and it benefits the likes of Samu Saiz and Pablo Hernandez who can get on the ball and look to find Roofe dropping into the number 10 position or even running the channels.
One things is certain, he is a natural goalscorer. He came to Leeds as a player who knew where the back of the net with but having played most of his football from the wing we haven’t really seen that side of his game yet. In front of goal you rarely see him miss a chance and you have to think that if we can get him more chances then more goals will come. Confidence is a huge thing for footballers and it showed in Roofe’s third goal, he could have passed or taken the shot early but he decided to take his time because he knew that he could find the net himself. I think it would be a shock to see anyone else get a start over the next few games, and hopefully more goals are on the horizon.