It has been a frustrating couple of months for Leeds United’s Kemar Roofe, hasn’t it?
After suffering a serious knee injury during the Whites’ 2-1 victory against Swansea City at the start of February, the forward had to watch on from the sidelines as his team-mates continued the club’s fight for automatic promotion from the Championship without him.
Although there were initial concerns that Roofe may miss the rest of the season for Leeds, a successful period of rehabilitation allowed him to return as a substitute in his side’s 1-0 defeat to Birmingham City earlier this month.
With his presence on the bench putting pressure on fellow striker Patrick Bamford to deliver, the 25-year-old has stepped up his performances in the last two weeks. A brace for the former Chelsea ace against Preston North End was followed by a promising outing in last week’s 1-0 victory against Sheffield Wednesday.
Potentially in for a start once again on Good Friday against Wigan Athletic, Bamford’s form could force Roofe to have to settle for sporadic appearances between now and May.
Although the former Oxford United striker is still on course to be the club’s top-scorer this season having already fired in 14 goals, he was fairly magnanimous when asked about the prospect of being overtaken by his team-mate. Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Roofe admitted that: “Honestly, it wouldn’t mean anything.
“As long as my performances are good and the team wins and we get promoted, that’s the main thing.
“Whoever scores, it is what it is. I would rather play 10 out of 10 and someone else scores than play two out of 10 and score a goal. I would rather put the performance in.
“But if the team keeps winning I am not going to play so I am not going to score any!”
By revealing his selflessness, the 26-year-old has shown just why Marcelo Bielsa’s squad have managed to get into the position to secure a top-two finish in May this season. Whereas other years have seen Leeds crack under the pressure of expectation, the togetherness on show throughout the 2018/19 campaign can only be positive news for the club’s supporters.
With Roofe willing to sacrifice his own playing time for the sake of the team, it is clear that the Whites have the sufficient level of mental strength needed to prevail in their next four fixtures and thus overcome their rivals Sheffield United in the second tier.
What do you think Leeds? Do Roofe’s comments indicate the togetherness of Bielsa’s squad this season? Are you confident that the Whites can secure automatic promotion? Let us know below.
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