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Can Leeds fit Kemar Roofe and Tyler Roberts in the same XI?

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Can Leeds fit Kemar Roofe and Tyler Roberts in the same XI?

Leeds United’s Kemar Roofe made his return from injury with a goal for the club’s Under-23s side on Friday and his comeback for the first team appears imminent.

The 25-year-old centre-forward’s return will be a major boost to the side, as he managed four goals in seven games this season before his injury setback.

He was arguably the outstanding player for Marcelo Bielsa’s side in the opening stages of the campaign and it seems like he’s guaranteed to walk back into the starting XI when fit again.

But during his absence 19-year-old striker Tyler Roberts has done everything in his power to prove he deserves a regular spot in the starting XI.

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The Wales international has scored three Championship goals this term for the Whites and lead the line effectively in the Championship.


Most people suspect Roofe will replace Roberts after the international break, but it’s certainly a selection headache for Bielsa and it would be tough to leave out the latter given his quality displays.

Leeds could look into fitting both attackers in the same XI, but whether Bielsa would be open to doing that is uncertain.

The Argentinian boss has preferred to operate with one centre-forward to spearhead the attack, which means it looks like a straight shootout between Roofe and Roberts.

Both have shown at Elland Road they are capable of operating as wingers, but are far more efficient in a central role and the likelihood is Roberts may have to play second fiddle to his more experienced teammate.

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