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Ryan Kitto keen to mirror game of injured Jets Brazilian Leonardo

LEARNING FAST: Ryan Kitto stretches after Jets training at Ray Watt Oval on Tuesday. Picture: Simone De Peak
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RYAN Kitto is not Leonardo.

But 21-year-old Jets attacker is doing everything he can toadd bits of the Brazilian’s game to his own.

KEY MAN: Leonardo

Kitto, signed as an injury replacement for Labinot Haliti three weeks ago, made his starting debut as a No.10in the 1-0 loss to Sydney FC.

Leonardois battling an on-going knee problem and is not certain to be fit for the visit by Melbourne City on Sunday.

“Just watching Leonardo has been fantastic for me,” Kitto said.

“I am a different type of playerbut there are parts of his game that I want to take on board.

“We do video analysis every week, and for me to watch his movement and see how he goes about his football. It’s fantastic for a young player like me to learn from.

“His penetration, how he wants to go forward.He turns and gets himself in good positions and how he runs at the back four. Ican take a lot from the positions he takes up on the pitch.

“If I canstart producing half as good as he does it would be pretty good.”

Kittowas picked up by theJets after an outstanding season for West Torrensin the South n National Premier League.

He scored 17 goals despite splitting his time between playing No.10 and a wider role.

“I’m pretty flexible in the front third,” Kitto said.

“It’s about me understanding the tactical role.Hopefully I can start making an impact and we can get start getting results.

“Against Sydney,I thought I worked hard but I’m still understanding what Scott and JP want tactically.

“I know I need to improve andneed to be smarter on and off the ball. I ran a bit too much last week. I need to take up better positions, similar to how Leonardo does.”

​Leonardo again worked in the rehabilitation room on Tuesday.

“It will be great when we get him on the training track and I can learn from him out here as well,” Kitto said.

Skipper Nigel Boogaardreturned to the training pitch after missing the past two games with an ankle injury.

He and Daniel Mullen, who is recovering well from knee surgery, did a plyometrics and agility session.

“You want your best players out there every week, and Boogs is one of our best players,” Kitto said.

“Hopefully he is fit and ready to go, and can have a big influence on this weekend’sresult.”

Although new to the Jets, Kitto played the 2013-14 season with Adelaidealongside Boogaard and Cameron Watson.

“I know my body can handle the work load,” he said.

“It is just a matter of getting sharp again.”

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