Why a January loan for Kemar Roofe could be a wise move for Leeds United

Revie Stand, Elland Road. Leeds United v Accrington Stanley, League Cup 2014

The Leeds United player needs to start regularly to get back to his best and that is not happening at Elland Road.

Leeds' Kemar Roofe and Blackburn's Jason Lowe in action

When Leeds United signed Kemar Roofe from Oxford United in the summer it was hailed by many as a masterstroke.

After all, here was a player that had scored 31 goals in 65 matches for Oxford, including 25 in 49 matches last season.

Despite plying his trade in League Two, many Leeds fans felt he possessed the talent to replicate his form in the Championship, but so far that has not been the case.

Oxford's Kemar Roofe celebrates scoring their third goal

After calling for Roofe’s inclusion from the start, Leeds fans got their wish for the clash with Wigan Athletic on Tuesday evening, only to see the 23-year-old fall short.

With the vast majority of his Leeds appearances to date coming from the bench, it was always going to take him time to get up to speed, but the way things are looking, Roofe may not get the regular starts he needs to prompt a return to his goal-scoring best.

Leeds United's Kemar Roofe in action against Blackburn Rovers' Jason Lowe (L)

With that in mind, a loan move in January could be the smartest option for all concerned, with Roofe potentially being sent out to League One or another Championship side where he can start week in, week out.

It is far too early to give up on Roofe, but given his lack of impact thus far, Leeds would not be missing much if they bid a temporary farewell in the hope that he could build up his confidence and return next summer ready to finally prove his worth at Elland Road.

Leeds manager Garry Monk

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