It has been a difficult few weeks for Leeds United forward Kemar Roofe, who has struggled to make an impact since his return from a knee injury.
The 26-year-old is still the Whites’ top scorer this season with 14 goals, but is without a goal in his last eleven matches and has struggled to replicate the form he produced in the first half of the campaign.
Roofe made his first start for Leeds since returning from his injury at the weekend, but missed a penalty as the team lost 3-2 at already-relegated Ipswich Town.
Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa has backed Roofe to return to his best form in the Championship play-offs, as his side prepare to face Derby County in the first leg of their semi-final this weekend.
The forward is expected to start against the Rams at Pride Park on Saturday evening, with striker Patrick Bamford set to miss the game through suspension.
Roofe will certainly feel that he has a point to prove ahead of the play-offs, after a series of disappointing and underwhelming performances over the past few weeks.
He looks a completely different player to the one he was in the first half of the season and desperately needs a goal to boost his confidence.
After receiving the backing of his manager, Roofe is now under even more pressure to deliver and will need to produce some big performances in the play-offs.
His dip in form appears to have come at the worst possible time for Leeds, who are now under enormous pressure to win the play-offs, having challenged for automatic promotion for most of the season.
It will be interesting to see how Roofe will respond to Bielsa’s latest comments, but one thing is for certain, Leeds fans will be desperate for him to return to form, as the team target a return to the Premier League for the first time in 15 years.