Opta Feature: Leroy Lita
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Opta take a look at Reading's rising star, England U21 international Leroy Lita.England may have failed to reach the final of the Uefa Under-21 Championship but certain players head off on their summer holidays with their reputations enhanced.
One of those men is Reading striker Leroy Lita who bagged three goals in four games and generally looked threatening for the rookie squad.
Lita settled well in his first season in the Premiership, scoring seven times as the Royals secured a top-half finish at the first attempt. His chance conversion of 15% was better than that of team-mate Dave Kitson's, and his stand-out game was the 2-0 win at Manchester City when he scored twice in the final 11 minutes to secure the points for the Royals.
Lita's promise saw him make the final cut for the international summer tournament in Holland and he rewarded England boss Stuart Pearce with three strikes from just four shots on target, a devastating record.
|Team||Prmeiership 06-07||UEFA U21 Champs|
|Minutes On Pitch||2,005||265|
|Mins per goal||286.4||88.3|
|Shots On Target||20||4|
|Shots Off Target||26||7|
|Pass Completion %||63%||59%|
The one blemish on Lita's copybook in the Under 21 tournament was his missed penalty against Czech Republic, so perhaps he was fortunate to be off the pitch when England commenced their spot-kick shoot-out with the Netherlands in the semi-final.