Sheffield Wednesday: New boy bids to help Owls

New Owls loanee Leroy Lita
New Owls loanee Leroy Lita
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WEDNESDAY match-winner Leroy Lita relishes the challenge of his first relegation battle and is backing himself to aid the cause with more goals.

The on-loan striker who snatched victory at Charlton on his debut says that he has lost none of his confidence despite being out of the first-team picture at Swansea.

“I’ve come here to hopefully score some goals for the team and push us up the table,” he said.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been in a relegation battle.

“The gaffer’s not told me to come here and play and create lots of chances: he wants me to put the ball in the back of the net.”

He did just that with an 89th minute strike after going on as a sub early in the second half.

In agreeing to join the Owls for the rest of the season, he was undeterred by their lowly position in the table.

“It’s a challenge,” he says. “It’s a challenge for me to come here and score goals and help the team.

“I’m here to try and chip in with the goals, and that’s what I intend to do.

“Whether I’ve been playing or not, I’ve never lost my confidence.”

Lita admires the Owls’ fan base: “I know how passionate they are here. I’ve played against them a few times. It’s a good club. They want to be going in the right direction.

“They haven’t been doing too great but hopefully we can push on a bit.”

Although Swansea have a Wembley date for the Capital One Cup final against Bradford, he had no qualms about leaving, as he has not been in Michael Laudrup’s plans.

But he wishes the Swans well and appreciates another chance to go out on loan, having also had a spell at Birmingham this season and scored three goals for them.

He regards it as being too early to tell the next step for him after this season and whether or not there could be a full move to Hillsborough for him.

The striker also said: “The (Swansea) chairman and manager are good people; they don’t wish me bad; they have just given me the opportunity to play some football. We’ll take it from there.”