Neil Warnock praises Leeds United, mentions Kemar Roofe by name

Neil Warnock manager of Cardiff City before the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Cardiff City at Craven Cottage on September 9, 2017 in London, England.

The former Leeds boss is looking forward to a trip back to West Yorkshire.

Neil Warnock, Manager of Cardiff City looks on prior to The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round between Cardiff City and Manchester City on January 28, 2018 in Cardiff, United Kingdom.Neil Warnock, Manager of Cardiff City looks on prior to The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round between Cardiff City and Manchester City on January 28, 2018 in Cardiff, United Kingdom.

Leeds United welcome back former manager Neil Warnock to Elland Road this weekend. The former Whites boss can be sure to receive a pantomime villain return, even if the animosity is not really there. A polarising figure in the game he has done wonders with Cardiff City this season who are mounting a surprise promotion charge.

Leeds’ tilt at the play-offs is however on the rocks and they need a win against Warnock’s Welsh side to get back on track.

The Cardiff boss was asked about Leeds and his time at the club. Of course he brought up the Robert Snodgrass transfer as he so often does when speaking about Leeds, but he also touched on the current team and named Kemar Roofe as one to watch out for. He told WalesOnline:

 

Kemar Roofe of Leeds United holds off Jackson Irvine of Hull City during the Sky Bet Championship match between Hull City and Leeds United at the KCOM Stadium on January 30, 2018 in Hull,...Kemar Roofe of Leeds United holds off Jackson Irvine of Hull City during the Sky Bet Championship match between Hull City and Leeds United at the KCOM Stadium on January 30, 2018 in Hull,...

“They’re a good passing side, how they lost the game against Millwall I don’t know. 2-0 down for all that time with 10 men and then they lose in the last minute, the character they showed to get back to 3-2.

“They have some really good players. Roofe, the two wide lads, their really good so we’re going to have to be on our game. The atmosphere is so good I think. I like going back up to Yorkshire.”

Warnock is clearly wary of the threat Roofe, who has been in good goalscoring form this season poses, but he put in a poor performance v Hull City in midweek that he will now be looking to rectify.

 

Steve Evans manager of Mansfield Town (R) and Neil Warnock manager of Cardiff City look prior to The Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay match between Mansfield Town and Cardiff City at...Steve Evans manager of Mansfield Town (R) and Neil Warnock manager of Cardiff City look prior to The Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay match between Mansfield Town and Cardiff City at...

As the Cardiff boss points out, Leeds will likely dominate possession at Elland Road but Cardiff are an extremely difficult side to face off against this season.

Leeds, who have plenty of players missing due to suspension and injury, will need to be clinical and disciplined if they are to get one over on their former boss this weekend.

If Roofe could find his best form then they are in with a great chance of doing so.

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