Neil Redfearn hails 'exceptional' Leeds signing Kemar Roofe, and picks his goalkeeper and striker

Barnsley’s Alfie Mawson and Oxford’s Kemar Roofe in action

Leeds are just a fortnight away from their opening Championship game.

Barnsley’s Alfie Mawson and Oxford’s Kemar Roofe in actionBarnsley’s Alfie Mawson and Oxford’s Kemar Roofe in action

Former Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn has told Radio Yorkshire he thought Kemar Roofe was 'exceptional' in the recent friendly against Peterborough.

Speaking to the station's Yorkshire Football Show on Wednesday (27/7), Redfearn praised the summer signing as a standout performer.

Oxford's Kemar Roofe gets past a tackle from Barnsley's Marc RobertsOxford's Kemar Roofe gets past a tackle from Barnsley's Marc Roberts

Redfearn believes the attacking midfielder, signed from Oxford United, is an absolute must to start the club's opening fixture away to Queens Park Rangers.

He said: "I thought Roofe was exceptional, all the good things we did, he was central to them. He has got to start."

Redfearn added that he would select another new addition in the starting XI, choosing Rob Green to start in goal, ahead of alternatives Marco Silvestri, Ross Turnbull and Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

Robert GreenRobert Green

He said: "I think he's been brought in to play. He's had an outstanding career, an international goalkeeper. He's not come to sit on the bench, he's got to be a starter."

The former boss said he would also rush back centre-back Liam Cooper to start the fixture if he is fit, and also believes summer signing Marcus Antonsson should miss out up front with Chris Wood preferred.

He said: "If its a loan striker it's got to be Wood. Antonsson's got to give competition for that position."

Leeds United's Chris WoodLeeds United's Chris Wood

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