After 12 months, Leeds United's £3m Kemar Roofe deal finally looks a bargain

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.

Kemar Roofe is beginning to really show what he can do for Leeds.

 

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.

Leeds United forward Kemar Roofe netted at the weekend in a 5-0 victory against Burton Albion.

It was his second league goal of the season, and he has almost already matched his tally from 2016/17

Roofe scored a hat-trick in the recent Carabao Cup victory over Newport County and is full of confidence.

League goals

  SeasonGoalsAppearances
Kemar Roofe 2016-2017 3 42
Kemar Roofe 2017-2018 2 6

Leeds paid £3 million to sign Roofe from Oxford United in 2016, and there were high hopes for him after he struck 25 goals for the League Two side.

Roofe appeared to find the step up to Championship level tricky, but tactically head coach Garry Monk could never really find a place for him in his system which unlocked his potential.

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...

New boss Thomas Christiansen appears to have Roofe figured out already, and has experimented at times playing Roofe as a central striker.

Roofe has five goals for the season in all competitions and two in six games in the league. Last season he scored just three in 42 games.

£3 million is a small fee in today's market but is also the highest amount Leeds have spent in a decade - a figure matched by outlays on Chris Wood and Samu Saiz.

This season Roofe is beginning to make the fee look like a bargain as Leeds fire on all cylinders, with Christiansen's side flying high in second position after six games.

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