Peter Kitchen: Sotiriou return makes perfect sense

Brian Jeeves

PETER KITCHEN applauded Leyton Orient’s decision to recall striker, Ruel Sotiriou, from his loan spell at Vanarama National League outfit, Dover Athletic, despite the 19-year-old having featured just twice for the non-leaguers.

Orient have slipped towards the Sky Bet League Two relegation zone of late following a five-match winless sequence. Meanwhile, the Cypriot frontman has found the net three times for Dover, including a dramatic late winner as they knocked League One side, Southend United, out of the Emirates FA Cup.

“With the lack of creativity and firepower showed in recent weeks Ruel’s return could be a real boost for the O’s – as long as they are brave enough to use him,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.

“The boy has a bit of confidence. He has gone to Dover for game time and to prove himself and that is exactly what he has done.

“He didn’t take long to show a live TV audience what he is capable of, bagging that winner against Southend not long after coming on as a substitute. He showed strength to create the opening, then produced a lethal finish from an acute angle – really impressive!”

Kitchen continued: “The FA Cup exit has allowed Ross Embleton to take stock and work with the players. Hopefully, a bit of confidence and self-belief can be reinstalled as we look to find our rhythm.

“The Oldham game next weekend is shaping up as a ‘must not lose’ fixture. Ruel could be key to a positive result as he will be keen to reproduce what we have seen at Dover. It’s up to Ross to be brave enough to play him and trust that he can deliver the goods – he could prove to be our ace in the pack.

“As I’ve said, Oldham is a ‘must not lose’ game. But we have to be bold, we have to go there to win and put some daylight between ourselves and the other teams at the wrong end of the table.”


Brian Jeeves