Kitchen understanding of Sotiriou’s predicament

PETER KITCHEN explained the reasons why he understood that teenage Leyton Orient striker, Ruel Sotiriou, was refusing a new deal with the Breyer Group Stadium club.

Sotiriou returned to Brisbane Road following a short stint with Vanarama National League side, Dover Athletic, and made an immediate impact, scoring six times in nine appearances. However, despite the East Londoners attempts to tie the Edmonton-born frontman to a new deal, the player seems intent to continue his future elsewhere, with Peterborough United reportedly amongst those leading the chase for his signature.

“It’s a difficult one because he has only been on the fringe of the team,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.

For a player with so much potential, I don’t think he has been given enough opportunities. I also believe he will drop down the pecking order when everybody is fit.

“Personally, I think Ross Embleton hasn’t been brave enough with his team selection and formations, something I don’t see changing. For this reason, I can understand why Ruel and his agent would look for a move.”

Kitchen continued: “Peterborough were on the fringe of the League One play-off places and are well-established with a well-known manager. I fully understand why he’d want to be a part of that.

“Of course, he’ll earn a bigger salary – probably double his current earnings. But there isn’t any loyalty in football these days and certainly no guarantee that he’ll get any more game time at another club.”

Brian Jeeves

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