Lita impresses Pearce
By Amanda Cornforth
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Leroy Lita has proved to Stuart Pearce he has what it takes to be a Premiership striker.
Leroy Lita has proved to Manchester City boss Stuart Pearce he has what it takes to be a Premiership striker.
Lita scored twice in the final 12 minutes to give Reading a 2-0 win on their first visit to Eastlands, which puts them into the Premiership's top six, after having a controversial first half goal disallowed.
The brace of goals takes Lita's current scoring streak to nine in nine games, more than enough to convince Pearce of his ability.
"I watched Lita four times when he was at Bristol City," revealed Pearce.
"I thought he had something but I wasn't sure whether he was good enough to step up to this level. I know now he is good enough. He is a real handful.
"If you give him an inch, he will score. The mark of a striker is he has got in and scored his goals. He was probably the difference between the sides."
Pearce has effectively now becomes Lita's manager after calling the youngster into the England Under-21 squad for Tuesday's friendly with Spain at Pride Park.
"It is nice he will have a bit of confidence when we meet up on Sunday evening," he added.
"I might leave him out on Tuesday now."
Pearce confirmed after the game that England duo Joey Barton and Micah Richards came through the match without injury.
Goalkeeper Nicky Weaver, however, and Ousmane Dabo will both need treatment on hip and Achilles problems respectively after being forced off either side of the interval.