Kemar Roofe scored a stunning 25 yard free-kick five minutes from time on Saturday to give Oxford a 1-0 away win at Dagenham and put them second in League Two.

The 22 year old midfielder is in great form and has scored 11 goals already this season, making it 17 in his last 27 games for Oxford.

Coming through the ranks at West Brom, Kemar Roofe was never given a chance by the Baggies at senior level and after a series of loans at other clubs, ended up at Oxford in the second half of last season.

After impressing on an initial loan, the young English midfielder got a permanent transfer to the League Two side.

Last week brought news that Newcastle United have been watching him in advance of a potential January transfer bid, and the Oxford player was asked about the Newcastle link after proving Oxford’s match winner yet again on Saturday.

Kemar Roofe:

“I was told about it (Newcastle watching him) on Friday, it’s just speculation and that happens in football. I just wanted to prepare for the game.

“Of course it’s flattering and I must be doing something right, but as long as we win games and get promoted at the end of the season that’s all that matters.”

Oxford Manager Michael Appleton has also commented on Newcastle’s reported interest in the midfielder:

 “I would be disappointed if we didn’t (have interest from clubs in Oxford’s best players), because if not, it would mean we had some bang average players.

“The fact we have had three or four players now who are consistently playing well for a long period is good for the club.”

“It doesn’t bother us. Kemar Roofe is in a good place at the minute and he’s enjoying his football, getting better and better.”