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Would James Beattie have improved Leeds United's Kemar Roofe?

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.

James Beattie was Garry Monk's first-team coach at Leeds United for a year.

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.

Former Leeds United star Chris Wood raised plenty of eyebrows last season when he went from being a pretty average Championship striker to arguably the best in the whole division.

By virtue of the fact that the 26-year-old bagged 30 goals last season and only managed 13 during the whole 2015-16 campaign, you could argue that Wood, who earned himself a £15 million move to Burnley, came on leaps and bounds in a very short period of time.

The reason? Wood claimed to The Independent last December that working alongside James Beattie, who was Garry Monk's first-team coach at Leeds, helped take his game to a new level.

Leeds player Kemar Roofe in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Leeds United at Cardiff City Stadium on September 26, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales.

Beattie, who managed 91 Premier League goals during his top-flight career, left Elland Road with Monk last summer, but you wonder if Kemar Roofe could have hugely benefited from working with the Southampton legend this season.

Roofe, a £3 million signing by Monk 18 months ago, has managed 11 goals from a striking role this season, but he also missed more big chances than any other Leeds player and although there is obvious talent there, he needs a bit of work.

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 25-year-old is a lot more comparable to Beattie as a number nine than Wood was and therefore it's probably reasonable to ask whether Beattie could have had a huge influence on the former Oxford United man, who played on the left wing under Monk.

He has only just turned 25, so Roofe definitely has time on his side with regards to getting better, but based on Wood's evolution under Beattie, it's entirely possible that the United striker would be a better goalscorer now had the 39-year-old stayed on in West Yorkshire.

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