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Leroy Lita - Relegation Beater

After a fantastic summer away with the England Under 21s, Leroy Lita was tipped for big things this season. Sadly this has not been the case.

A combination of injuries, poor form and problems off the pitch, led to the striker falling right down the pecking order at Reading and finally leading him to being shipped out on loan to London rivals Charlton.

After a fairly successful loan stint in the Championship, boss Steve Coppell has decided to give the troubled striker another chance and in my opinion, the timing couldn't be better.

With the Royals strikers firing blanks at the moment and 'star' striker Kevin Doyle without a goal in four months, Lita will give the Royals an added dimension and a bit of pace that Marek Matejovsky's intelligent passes have been crying out for.

Coppell himself has conceded that since his return Leroy has looked a different man and once again has a spring in his step.

He said, 'He's a different trainer than the one just before he went away on loan.

'Of the course of the season nobody comes in exactly the same every day, and there's a visible change in mentality since he came back. He's got the bit between his teeth.

'He will be involved this weekend, and I hope it's worked out for the best in the end.

'I'd have been equally as happy for Leroy to have stayed here and had the mentality shift, but at the time he couldn't see himself getting a game.

'We've not flogged the players in training this week, you can't at this time of year, but you can see the indications with him.'

With the fellow Royals strikers well out of form at the moment, there is no reason why Lita shouldn't start at Wigan on Saturday and with a point to prove and that added bit of hunger for goals, there is every chance Leroy Lita could be the difference maker as the Royals look for the last few points to ensure survival.




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Writer: Chris Kitley Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday April 24 2008

Time: 2:40PM

Your Comments

Well he could be the difference between you going down or staying up, if he scores the goals like he did last season!
StevieG Col U
Good article Chris! D D D D Leroy Lita! D D D D leroy Lita!
MASTER-RFC
Should never went on loan. He should be in your first team .Coppel boobed big time.....
BlueAmigo
Might be your salvation......
quietman
 

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