Former Leeds United forward Noel Whelan is of the opinion that Kemar Roofe “looks a little bit lost” when playing as a striker.

The 23-year-old, who can play out wide or up front, was snapped up by the Whites from newly promoted League One outfit Oxford United on a four-year deal in the summer.

Although Roofe has thus far played out wide mostly on the flanks for Leeds, head coach Garry Monk deployed the youngster as a striker in the 1-0 win over Luton Town in an EFL Cup game last month.

The former West Bromwich Albion academy product looked out of sorts in his role, even though he managed to provide the assist for Tyler Denton’s winner.

And Whelan, who feels Roofe still needs to get used to the pace and physicality of the Championship, thinks the new signing is a “natural winger.”


“For me, Kemar Roofe is not a striker”, Whelan wrote in his column in the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“I’ve seen him play there and he looks a little bit lost. His natural role is a winger.

“He’s still getting to grips with the physicality of the Championship, the pace of the Championship and the quality of the Championship so he needs to find his feet very quickly.”

Roofe has thus far made seven appearances in all competitions for Leeds, providing two assists.