Lupoli: 'Play me or I will have to quit'

Chris Lakey Arturo Lupoli is ready to quit Norwich City if he isn't given a chance by manager Glenn Roeder.Lupoli hasn't started a game since mid-September, despite scoring four goals in six starts, and Leroy Lita's departure has now given the on-loan striker the glimpse of an opportunity.

Chris Lakey

Arturo Lupoli is ready to quit Norwich City if he isn't given a chance by manager Glenn Roeder.

Lupoli hasn't started a game since mid-September, despite scoring four goals in six starts, and Leroy Lita's departure has now given the on-loan striker the glimpse of an opportunity.

But if Roeder leaves the Italian on the sidelines again it could be arrivederci, Norwich.


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A number of clubs have been linked with Lupoli in recent weeks, including Serie A side Sampdoria, Southampton and Wigan.

And while the 21-year-old made it clear he wants to see out his season-long stay at Carrow Road, he has also made it clear he cannot remain on the sidelines.

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“Something has to happen in the next week or so, otherwise I will have to leave,” said Lupoli, whose loan is actually a one-year signing.

“Of course I know there are clubs interested in me. It's a good thing, but as I always said I came here to be here one season to June and that's my first option. If this doesn't happen because I don't play I can't sit on the bench here I will go somewhere else.

“There are some rumours, but only me and my family knows what's going on really. I know there are some clubs for sure and there are rumours about other clubs as well. It's only rumours, I don't think it is anything true. I have options, but at the moment I just try to get in this team.”

Lita's return to Reading at the end of his loan deal leaves a vacancy in attack for today's FA Cup third round trip to Charlton - and ironically it was Lita's arrival in October that saw former Arsenal and Derby player Lupoli sidelined.

Lupoli started six of City's first seven games - coming on as a sub at Cardiff and scoring twice as City clawed back from 2-0 down to earn a draw. But he was injured in the next game, at home to Sheffield United, after coming on as a sub, and after missing one game, reappeared on the bench - where he has been 11 times since Lita arrived.

Roeder's options this afternoon are limited - Antoine Sibierski definitely starts, and with two up front it's Lupoli or Darel Russel.

Perhaps Lupoli shouldn't build up his hopes, judging by Roeder's comments yesterday, when asked whether Lupoli would feature.

“Possibly,” he said. “Although the past I've favoured Rusty. We'll have to wait and see.”

Lupoli will do exactly that.

“I hope my moment has come because I have been waiting a long time,” he said. “I am full of energy and I want to play this game - if that's the case I will be ready or it.

“I have been being very patient for two or three months and I think now it's time to play, otherwise if it doesn't change I will have to find something else. I really hope he will change it in the next week or so and then I can restart to build my confidence and the season here and hopefully not make any move.”

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