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Lita Needs to Win his Place Back

Lita Needs to Win his Place Back

Steve Coppell has warned Leroy Lita that unless he can find his scoring boots again he might not have a future with the club.

Lita's form this season has not been great, with quite a few missed chances leaving him with only one goal to his name, the strike in the Carling Cup against Swansea. Despite previously backing his striker Coppell has now warned him the he needs to get back to his best form or he might not even have a future with the club, "Leroy hasn't been playing well. I need Leroy to be on the end of things, scoring goals," Coppell told readingfc.co.uk.

"We're all judged on results - if I don't get results I'm out. It's the same for strikers - it's a competitive situation."

However it's not going to be as simple for Lita as it might sound as Dave Kitson and Kevin Doyle are currently the preferred paring up front, that is when two are played up front, with Shane Long now ahead of Lita for a place even on the bench, and Lita found himself out of the Arsenal squad altogether as a result.

"Jose Mourinho said a team picks itself and I would say that too," Coppell also told readingfc.co.uk.

"I'm looking for combinations that are effective, scoring regularly and making a full contribution.

"Doyler has scored goals and Kits gives us something the others don't. Longy has been our most effective sub, as he showed with his role in our goal against Arsenal. He's scored off the bench and made an impact.

"In the previous home game against Newcastle he scored the winner and I don't want to knock him for six by leaving him out totally.

"He's our supersub - but he won't thank me for saying that."

This now makes things even more difficult for Lita who will have to rely on his performances in the reserves and training to force his way back even into the squad.

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Date:Thursday November 15 2007
Time: 4:00PM

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There has been talk previously of Lita possibly leaving Reading, so this will no doubt return again, if he shows the right attitude and wants to fight he can get back in, if he doesn't then he will be sold, as good as he is, it's that simple.
Madejski Royal
15/11/2007 15:26:00
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he seems to have had a dramatic loss of form!
merlin
15/11/2007 19:46:00
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That's one way of putting it. I'm not sure if it is the fact that he maybe wants to move on anyway or not?
Madejski Royal
16/11/2007 15:46:00
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I am sure that will help his confidence no end!!! Just what he needs a bit more pressure.
dazza71
18/11/2007 14:14:00
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It will tell how much he wants to play for Reading though? If he does he will give it ago, if not, as some would suspect he'll just wait until January and go,
Madejski Royal
18/11/2007 16:06:00
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more of a reality check I think...and Coppell is right..he employs him to score goals and he need sto get back to doing this for you guys......
ernshaw
20/11/2007 12:37:00
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