Christiansen effect: Leeds United ace Kemar Roofe has made big improvement

Kemar Roofe of Leeds and Kevin Long of Burnley in action during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Burnley and Leeds United at Turf Moor on September 19, 2017 in Burnley, England.

Leeds talent has become more clinical this season.

 

Kemar Roofe of Leeds and Kevin Long of Burnley in action during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Burnley and Leeds United at Turf Moor on September 19, 2017 in Burnley, England.

For all the positives under Garry Monk at Leeds United last season, the manager's failure to get the best out of Kemar Roofe was a frustration.

Leeds spent £3 million on Roofe making him their most expensive addition of the 2016, but Monk struggled to get Roofe to perform.

New boss Thomas Christiansen has had more success on this front, with the former West Brom talent showing a huge improvement.

Leeds player Kemar Roofe gets a shot in at goal despite the challenge of Sean Morrison during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Leeds United at Cardiff City Stadium...

Despite averaging more shots at goal and more touches per game in 2016/17 - Roofe has been more clinical and more creative under Thomas Christiansen.

More of Roofe's shots are on target, and of those on target, 25 per cent of them have been goals, compared to just five per cent under Monk.

Roofe has won more aerial duels and created more chances per game under Christiansen, while he has matched his 2016/17 season goal tally of three Championship strikes already, meaning there is a big difference in his goals per game ratio.

  SeasonShots per gameOn Target per gameGoals per gameScoring V Shooting AccuracyChances Created per gameAerial Duels won per gameTouches per game
Kemar Roofe 2016-2017 1.5 0.38 0.07 5% 0.67 0.48 28.33
Kemar Roofe 2017-2018 1.2 0.6 0.3 25% 0.8 0.8 27.1

There is still work to do for Roofe, with his performance in the last match against Sheffield Wednesday the most disappointing he has contributed all season.

But overall there are promising signs that he is stepping up, and the international break may have come at just the right time for him to pause, and get back on track.

So far Leeds should be encouraged at his start to the season, and manager Thomas Christiansen and his coaching team deserves credit for his.

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