McDermott: "He'll be a threat"
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Manager Brian McDermott anticipates a warm reception for the returning Dave Kitson ahead of Reading's FA Cup clash with Sheffield United.
The former Royals star spent five seasons at Madejski Stadium, making over 100 appearances in the blue and white hoops - in which he proved himself in the Premier League. Ahead of Saturday's reunion, Brian recalled the strikers' time in Berkshire.
"As a centre forward when he first came, he was finding his way," McDermott recollected. "When he finally got to where he had to get to, he had everything as a centre forward, and he was unfortunate not to get an England cap.
"Left foot, right foot - you could never tell which foot he was. He could take a penalty with both. Good in the air, worked hard for the team, held the ball up - he had the lot."
With a place in the last 16 of the FA Cup up for grabs, McDermott says the Royals must be wary of Kitson and United - a club he feels are punching below their weight.
"They are a massive club," Brian added. "Dave Kitson's a friend of mine who I speak to regularly, and he tells me what a great place it is to be at. The supporters are passionate and they want to get back into at least the Championship.
"He'll be a threat on Saturday, absolutely. If you talk about what a bargain he was for us at the time. We sold him to Stoke for a lot of money, so he was great value for us. I'm sure he'll get a decent ovation from our fans.