Would loaning Kemar Roofe to Pep Clotet’s Oxford revitalise him?

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to kick off in the Sky Bet Championship League match between Leeds United and Bolton Wanderers, at Elland Road Stadium on March 5, 2016 in Leeds,...

It has been a slow start to the season for the Leeds forward so far.

Big things were expected from Kemar Roofe when Leeds plucked him from League Two Oxford last summer, but one look at his stats shows that the 24-year-old has struggled with the task of moving up two divisions.

Having scored 17 league goals and registering a further 10 assists in his final season with the U’s in 2015/16, the West Brom youth has since managed just four and six respectively in 45 Leeds appearances in the second tier.

Kemar Roofe of Leeds is tackled by Julien De Sart of Derby during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on January 13, 2017 in Leeds, England.

Already after just three games of the Thomas Christiansen era, Roofe finds himself out of the side. He has struggled to influence any of the matches he has featured in and was criticised by fans following a particularly lacklustre substitute's appearance against Fulham last time out.

It begs the question whether the leap from League Two to the Championship has proved too much for the Walsall native, having been plunged straight into Garry Monk’s first team with the Whites after effectively one full season as an Oxford starter?

With Stuart Dallas and Hadi Sacko able to provide cover for the first-choice forward line of Ezgjan Alioski, Pablo Hernandez and Samu Saiz, perhaps a loan move would help Roofe recapture his confidence.

There would be no better place to send the former Yellow than back to the Kassam Stadium, where ex-Leeds assistant manager Pep Clotet is now in charge.

Kemar Roofe of Leeds United battles with Josh Dacres-Cogley of Birmingham City during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Leeds United at St Andrews (stadium) on...

The Spaniard will know all about Roofe’s ability having worked as Monk’s right-hand man, while a return to familiar surroundings would surely do wonders for the player too.

With Oxford now in League One a loan deal, even if only for six months, would provide Roofe with regular football at a level that he had previously missed out on in his development.

And he could return to Leeds rejuvenated as a result.

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