Lita raring to go
By Lewis Rutledge. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Reading striker Leroy Lita is ready to take The Premiership by storm this season.
The 21-year-old was a key figure in The Royals' charge towards promotion last term before being struck down by an ankle injury but he is now fully recovered and raring to go.
He is relishing the opportunity to showcase his talents on a bigger stage and is not planning to take any prisoners as he shows a total disregard for reputation.
"I want to do well, you know I want to score no matter what," he told Sky Sports News.
"I'm not worried about defenders. Whoever the defender is I want to score so it doesn't matter to me.
"They're all great players no disrespect but I'm not there to collect shirts or just to say I've been on the same pitch as them.
"I want them to say that about me."
Lita believes that manager Steve Coppell was central to Reading's success last season and he has shed some light on what makes him such a well respected tactician.
"He doesn't say much, he just tells you what you need to do really and you can't ask for any more," he explained.
"He doesn't put any of the players under pressure.
"It doesn't matter who you are. If he puts you in there and you do well for him you stay there.
"You could be Ronaldo or Mickey Mouse it doesn't matter."
Midfielder Steve Sidwell has been linked with a move away from The Madejski Stadium but Lita has stressed that it is vitally important he stays.
"He's a great player for us and we'd love him to stay," he urged.
"I think it's very important that he stays because he has never played in The Premiership and he's going to play here.
"And then after that, maybe if he does well he deserves to move on but I think he should stay here and establish himself in The Premiership first."