Leroy'd like a lotta goals
By Phil Jackson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Reading's Leroy Lita is targeting a flood of goals this season after returning from injury.
Reading hit-man Leroy Lita is targeting a flood of goals this season after missing out on the end of last season's campaign through injury.
The England Under-21 international has made a big impression at The Madejski since moving to the club a year ago from Bristol City.
He had a ratio of a goal every other game in The Championship, chipping in with 11 league goals, but missed the run-in after breaking his leg against Burnley.
The £1 million man now has his sights set on taking that form into The Premiership.
"I believe I can score against anyone and it doesn't matter who it is, each game I go into I want to score and I will keep doing that next season as well," Lita explained.
"My finishing is my number one asset and I believe I can score from most of my chances."
The Congo-born striker scored and made a goal in The Royals' 4-1 pre-season victory at Northampton on Saturday and he has been philosophical about last season's personal disappointments.
"I played my part so it wasn't too frustrating to have missed the end of last season," he reflected.
"Players are always going to get injured but I thought I had played my part when it happened."
Manager Steve Coppell is the man ultimately responsible for securing the club's newly acquired top flight status and he knows he will need the quality of players like Lita to keep them there.
"We are being ultra-cautious with him. He broke his leg last season and has had some pain around the break since he has got back but that's a by-product of the hard pitches around more than anything," Coppell commented.
"He had an opportunity to finish a few things off, which is what he is there for. The goal will give him confidence and we can give him a few minutes in the next week or so."
The Royals face Millwall in their next pre-season friendly match on Wednesday.