Kemar Roofe

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Kemar Roofe
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Roofe playing for Leeds United in 2016
Personal information
Full name Kemar Roofe[1]
Date of birth (1993-01-06) 6 January 1993 (age 24)[2]
Place of birth Walsall, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[2]
Playing position Winger / Striker
Club information
Current team
Leeds United
Number 7
Youth career
0000–2011 West Bromwich Albion
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2015 West Bromwich Albion 0 (0)
2011 Víkingur Reykjavík (loan) 2 (0)
2012 Northampton Town (loan) 6 (0)
2013–2014 Cheltenham Town (loan) 9 (1)
2014 Colchester United (loan) 2 (0)
2015 Oxford United (loan) 16 (6)
2015–2016 Oxford United 40 (18)
2016– Leeds United 42 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:36, 7 May 2017 (UTC).

Kemar Roofe (born 6 January 1993) is an English professional footballer who plays as a Winger, attacking midfielder or a striker for Championship club Leeds United.

Career[edit]

West Bromwich Albion[edit]

Roofe started his career with West Bromwich Albion where he played for the side's academy team, while attending Joseph Leckie Community Technology College in Walsall. In July 2009, Roofe was among eleven academy youngsters to sign scholarships with West Brom.[3] In April 2011, he was sent out on loan to Icelandic side Víkingur Reykjavík, where he made three appearances, scoring one goal in the Icelandic Cup.[4] In January 2012, Roofe signed his first professional contract, on an 18-month deal with an option to extend.[5]

Loan spells[edit]

On 27 September 2012, he joined Football League Two side Northampton Town on a one-month loan deal.[6] He made his professional debut on 29 September 2012, in a 3–3 draw with Burton Albion, coming on as a substitute for Chris Hackett.[7] After making six appearances for the club, it announced that Roofe would return to his parent club on 27 October 2012.[8] Following the end of the 2012–13 season, Roofe's contract with West Brom was extended for one year.[9]

In the 2013–14 season, Roofe joined Football League Two side Cheltenham Town on loan until 4 January 2014.[10] He made his debut for the club, two days after joining, in a 1–1 draw against Southend United.[11] Roofe scored his first goal for the club in a 2–2 draw against Hartlepool United on 14 December 2013.[12] On 9 January 2014, Roofe's loan spell with Cheltenham Town was extended for another month.[13] After making nine appearances, Roofe informed the club that he wanted to return to his parent club.[14] However, on his return, Roofe returned to the club's reserves throughout the 2013–14 season. Nevertheless, his contract with the club was extended further by twelve months.[15]

In the 2014–15 season, Roofe scored in a friendly match against Port Vale, which West Brom lost.[16] Then, on 4 November 2014, he joined Football League One side Colchester United on a month's loan.[17] A week later, Roofe made his debut for the club, where he came on as a substitute for Sanchez Watt in the second half, in a 3–2 loss against Barnsley.[18] After making two appearances, Roofe's loan spell with Colchester United came to an end and he returned to West Brom.[19]

Oxford United[edit]

On 13 February 2015, Roofe joined Oxford United on loan from West Bromwich Albion.[20] Roofe made his Oxford United debut the next day, coming on as a substitute for Andrew Whing in the 61st minute, in a 2–0 defeat to Burton Albion.[21] Despite his not scoring in his first five appearances, Roofe's loan spell with Oxford was extended until the end of the season.[22] Roofe then scored his first Oxford United goals, in a 3–2 win over Wycombe Wanderers on 3 April 2015,[23] and he added four further goals in the last three matches against Tranmere Rovers,[24] Cambridge United[25] and Newport County.[26] His final goal tally for the season was six goals in sixteen appearances.

Weeks after the 2014–15 season ended, Roofe signed a three-year permanent deal with the club on 11 May, for an undisclosed sum.[27] On 11 August 2015, he scored from 40 yards in a 0–4 League Cup upset of Championship side Brentford.[28]

On 10 January 2016, Roofe scored twice for Oxford in a 3–2 victory to knock Premier League side Swansea City out of the FA Cup.[29][30] On 15 March 2016, Roofe scored his first hat-trick in the 4–0 win against Dagenham & Redbridge.[31] Roofe's 4 goals in the Football League Trophy, including 2 against rivals Swindon Town,[32] were instrumental in Oxford reaching the 2016 Football League Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium against Barnsley on 3 April 2016; his cross allowed Danny Hylton to score in the second half, but Barnsley held on for a 3–2 win.[33]

In April 2016 he was voted Football League Two's player of the year at the Football League Awards and was also named in the League Two Team Of The Year.[34] He scored 26 goals in 49 appearances in all competitions during the 2015–16 season for Oxford, in which they finished second in League Two and gained promotion to League One.

Leeds United[edit]

On 7 July 2016, Roofe signed for Championship side Leeds United on a four-year deal.[35] On 5 August, Roofe was given the squad number 7 shirt for the 2016–17 season.[36] On 7 August, Roofe made his Leeds debut against Queens Park Rangers in a 3–0 defeat.[37] Roofe was initially credited with his first goal for Leeds in the 1–0 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers on 22 October, however it was later adjudicated to be an own goal for Wolves Defender Sílvio.[38] After starting the season predominantly on the left side of midfield, after an injury to playmaker Pablo Hernández on 5 November against Norwich City, Roofe found himself playing in an attacking midfield role[39]

On 29 November 2016, Roofe came close to scoring his first Leeds goal when he saw his long range shot smash off the inside of the post after beating goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, in EFL Cup quarter-final match against Liverpool at Anfield in a 2–0 defeat,[40] after the match Roofe jokingly Tweeted about being under a goalscoring curse with the Hashtag #Pray4Roofe.[41] However, Roofe quickly ended the drought in the following game when he scored his first goal for Leeds United against Aston Villa in a 2–0 victory on 3 December 2016.[42] On 26 December 2016, Roofe scored his second goal for Leeds in a 4–1 victory against Preston North End; he also provided two assists in the same game.[43]

International eligibility[edit]

Roofe is eligible to represent the England and Jamaica national sides, the latter because of his Jamaican heritage.[44]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 7 July 2017.
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
West Bromwich Albion 2011–12[45] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012–13[46] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14[47] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014–15[48] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Víkingur Reykjavík (loan) 2011[49] Úrvalsdeild 2 0 1 1 3 1
Northampton Town (loan) 2012–13[46] League Two 6 0 1[a] 0 7 0
Cheltenham Town (loan) 2013–14[47] League Two 9 1 9 1
Colchester United (loan) 2014–15[48] League One 2 0 1 0 3 0
Oxford United (loan) 2014–15[48] League Two 16 6 16 6
Oxford United 2015–16[50] League Two 40 18 4 3 1 1 3[a] 4 48 26
Total 56 24 4 3 1 1 3 4 64 32
Leeds United 2016–17[51] Championship 42 3 2 0 5 0 0 0 49 3
Career total 117 29 6 4 6 1 4 4 135 37
  1. ^ a b Appearances in Football League Trophy

References[edit]

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