Stoke striker Dave Kitson joins Middlesbrough on twomonth loan

17 November 2009 11:16
The Scot has lured Kitson to the Riverside to bolster his attacking options after beginning his Teesside tenure with two narrow 1-0 defeats and the former Reading player could spearhead his frontline against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

'I'm delighted Dave is coming in to bolster the squad's numbers and give us more options,' Strachan said.

 Related ArticlesWin Stoke v Portsmouth ticketsBent joins Boro in dire straights'I've been a fan of Dave's for a few years now. He is a good striker and another player for us to call on.'

For his part, Kitson added: 'I'm happy to be here and excited to be part of it. I'll do my best and hopefully that will be enough to keep the club in the top positions.

'I've not had a chance to see any of Middlesbrough's games but I know they've got some great talent in the squad so I'm looking forward to it.'

The 29 year-old, who joined Stoke in a £5.5m deal with Reading during the summer of 2008, has joined Boro on a two-month loan and trained with his new team-mates for the first time today.

Kitson has become the second striker to join Boro on loan since the appointment of new manager Strachan following the recent arrival of Marcus Bent and will be reunited at the Championship club with former Reading team-mate Leroy Lita.

After starting his career with Cambridge United, Kitson, scoring 54 league goals in 111 starts at reading before his move to Stoke.

Although he is Stoke's three-goal top scorer this season, he has not been first choice striker with the Premier League side and will be hoping to play regular first team football with Boro.

Hitchin-born Kitson scored 40 goals in 102 league games with Cambridge before joining Reading midway through the 2003-04 season.

After top-scoring 19 league goals in 2004-05, his first full season in the Championship, he hit another 18 in just 27 starts as Reading won the Football League title in 2006.

He then scored against Boro as Reading came from two goals behind to win their first ever Premier League game 3-2, although he suffered an injury in the game that ruled him out until January.

After losing his place at Stoke, Kitson returned to Reading on loan during the second half of last season, scoring twice in nine games as Steve Coppell's side lost out in the play-offs.

He has scored twice in the Premier League this season, including the only goal of the match against Sunderland in late August and appeared as a substitute in the 2-1 defeat at Hull.

Source: Telegraph