Kemar Roofe signed for Rangers earlier this month from RSC Anderlecht. His arrival was welcomed by all Rangers fans as we looked to bolster the front line, particularly with the rumours of Alfredo Morelos moving to France gained momentum.
Most Rangers fans know a little about Roofe during his time at both Oxford United and Leeds United south of the border. The pacy striker made the switch from Leeds United for Belgian side RSC Anderlecht just last August for a rumoured £5.5million fee.
We asked the lads from popular Leeds blog @Radebe_Leeds to tell us a bit about Kemar. Here’s five things they thought we should know.
Under Bielsa we started to see the best of Kemar Roofe. Following his move from Oxford, the Championship was a step up, but not because Roofe didn’t have the talent, it was just a case of adjusting to a different tempo and a different type of quality.
And like Bielsa, Gerrard is a manager who will demand a lot from his players. Once crowds are back on the scene, Roofe will likely thrive under the Ibrox atmosphere, especially now he has a stint with Anderlecht under his belt.
Once Roofe is up and running in the league you will see a player who can be a real handful for defences. Before Bielsaarrived, strength on the ball always seemed to be a weaker side to his game. When he left Leeds, he was agile, pacey and very strong on the ball. This side of his game will suit the gritty nature of how the opposition approach games against Rangers.
Naturally all Rangers fans will want to see Roofe chip in with plenty of goals this season, especially if Morelos ends up leaving before the window shuts. I wouldn’t pay too much attention to his record at Leeds, as his first season or so was more about finding his feet after being in League Two. He picked up a decent return whilst at Anderlecht, albeit he wasn’t there very long. Similar to Beckford in style, but not quite as prolific, I think you will see a player that will take the SPL by storm and show just how good he can be.
The season before he left Elland Road, Roofe was one of those players, who even when the game wasn’t going in Leeds United’s favour, he would still pop up with vital goals. Last minute winners against Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers showed that he could be the guy to finish off a comeback and secure vital points when it looked it would be a defeat or even a draw. Given the stature of Rangers in the league and in Europe, you will get games where you’ve knocked at the door all night but been unable to breakthrough. He’s may look like style over substance sometimes, but he still has a great poacher instinct.
You often earn your stripes with Leeds fan by giving 100 percent every game, regardless of the result. It’s the nature of playing for a demanding fanbase, and I’d liken to Leeds and Rangers in the sense that fans want to see players playing with their heart on their sleeve. Roofe won’t shy away from this part of the game and you’ll see someone who has a bit of flair but also has plenty of grit and determination when they play.
We’ve only seen little glimpses of Kemar Roofe under Gerrard so far, making a short appearance against St. Johnstone in midweek, where he was lucky to escape injury in a horrific challenge from an opposition player.
Roofe is certainly an exciting player, everything I’ve heard about him points to that, but can he perform with the pressure that comes from the Ibrox support? In my opinion I think he will be a superb player for us and may surprise one or two with performances this season.
Written by Adam Robertson (@atrobbo)
Contributions by Thomas Bradley (@Radebe_Leeds)