Leeds' Bielsa & Roofe win Championship awards for August

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The highly-respected Argentine coach and the attacker have been rewarded for their fine start to the season with individual accolades

Leeds United’s impressive start to the Championship season has been rewarded with Marcelo Bielsa and Kemar Roofe winning the EFL Manager and Player of the Month awards for August, respectively. 

The Whites enjoyed a near-perfect August, sitting top and playing scintillating football in their victories over Stoke City, Derby County, Rotherham United and Norwich City, while recording creditable draws against Swansea City and Middlesbrough.

The one blight on their copy-book was a much-changed side's 2-0 defeat in the Carabao Cup to Preston North End, having beaten Bolton Wanderers in the previous round.

Roofe was full of praise for the impact of his new boss on the players at Elland Road, telling the Football League’s official website: “It has all stemmed from our pre-season. It has been the best pre-season I have had so far – the hardest – and the style of play that Marcelo is giving us and educating us with is obviously showing.

“The style of play with the ball, without the ball, our fitness and off the pitch as well, every day he’s educating us on how to be better people as well. 

“I feel like I can express myself a bit more. I am playing in a position where I can show what I can actually do and the team plays to my strengths as well and also to everyone else’s strengths. We are not doing something we’re not capable of doing.”

Roofe's individual prize comes following a productive spell in front of goal, notching four times and recording two assists in six Championship appearances and keeping summer signing Patrick Bamford on the bench.

But the forward is not content with merely winning personal honours, and claims he is firmly focused on his side's league position. 

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He added: “The main thing, though, is that we are top of the league and we are getting good results.

“The longer we can keep our unbeaten [league] run going, the stronger chance we have of maintaining our position high up in the league, we are going to keep working hard on the field and in the gym and hopefully we will improve.”

Bielsa has already broken club records, becoming the first coach to win their opening four competitive fixtures with Leeds, and he will be aiming to continue in this vein as the club chase a much-awaited return to the Premier League.

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