Former Leeds United player and current BBC Radio Leeds pundit Noel Whelan has pulled no punches when discussing Kemar Roofe, according to Football Insider.
Roofe has been on a dry spell since returning from injury and Whelan has complained about the striker’s output in the second half of the season.
Speaking to Football Insider Whelan ripped into Roofe after Leeds slipped into third place in the Championship all but ending their hopes of automatic promotion.
“He’s not showed the class we know he has, he’s been all over the place,” Whelan said.
“Roofe was fantastic in the first half of the season and looked as good as any forward in the division.
“He’s been nothing better than okay since his return. He’s not looked up to speed. I was expecting him to make a big impact, even just as a substitute, but unfortunately, it’s not happened when we really need him.”
Although Roofe hasn’t been at his best since returning to first team action highlighting him as a player who has been at fault feels like scapegoating.
Highlighting a player who has only played 124 minutes since his return from injury as one of the main issues in the squad is very harsh, and despite him not finding the net during this time his minutes per goal ratio indicates that he isn’t under-performing.
Patrick Bamford has missed a multitude of chances in recent weeks with the game at St Andrew’s against Birmingham City immediately springing to mind. Perhaps if Roofe had been given more game time in the past few weeks, Leeds would be a point or two better off.
Marcelo Bielsa shouldn’t to listen to Whelan’s synopsis on the 26-year-old; the fact is that the striker is still Leeds’ top scorer this season and should play as much as possible in the next two games to regain his confidence with the club looking likely to take their spot in the play-offs.