Kemar Roofe gives his opinion on lack of chances at West Brom

Former West Brom ace Kemar Roofe has been scoring for fun for Oxford United this season.

Kemar Roofe has told The Times he was frustrated not to be given an opportunity at West Bromwich Albion.

The dynamic attacker has been one of the best players in League Two this season after joining Oxford United in the summer, with the Baggies deciding to sell up.

The 23-year-old has scored 21 goals this season in all competitions, with 17 coming in the league, and HITC Sport understood in January that he was attracting interest from Championship side QPR.

Roofe was sent out on five different loan spells during his time at West Brom, including one with Icelandic club Víkingur Reykjavík.

He admits that it is not easy for young players to forge a career for themselves, and that he found it frustrating.

He said: "There’s a lot of pressure on young footballers. Everyone wants to make it in the Premier League and get in the first team the fastest route possible. But it’s not easy at all.

"I know first hand from West Brom. It was frustrating. It’s about staying confident, keeping practising hard, making myself better and being determined to get there."

Roofe added that he will consider it a disappointment if he does not play in the Premier League at some stage, but is happy with the progress he has made this season, hopeful that he will one day realise his dream.

He added however that he does not blame West Brom for not playing him, or being cautious with young players in general, in such a results driven business.

He said: "If I was the manager I wouldn’t pick young players who are not proven. It’s their job on the line.”

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