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1 start, 2 goals – The man to kick-start Reading’s season?



Reading got their first victory of the Championship season after they defeated Cardiff City 3-0 at the Madejski Stadium.

New signing George Puscas got the Royals off to a great start with a magnificent solo effort that started in his own half. His second was a well taken first-time finish after good work from midfielder John Swift. The Englishmen then added Reading’s 3rd goal of the day to complete the win.

The Romanian, who was brought in from Italian giants Inter Milan, has already shown the attributes that he can add to this Reading side having only made his first Championship start on Sunday.

Can Puscas be the one to help the Royals kick-on after this performance or will it be yet another bleak season?

The 23-year-old made his first league start on Sunday and produced a tremendous display that caught Cardiff off guard. His channel running, hold-up play and work-rate was excellent and gives Royals reasons to be optimistic.

He scored two goals from five shots, showing that he’s constantly capable of getting into the right positions all of the time. José Gomes changed the formation from the previous two league games to accommodate both Puscas and Reading’s other new striker, Lucas Joao.

The pair linked up brilliantly. Little neat passes and quick movement was a breathe of fresh air for fans of the Berkshire club to watch. Puscas achieved a 72% passing accuracy which was obvious to see. His ability to hold the ball up and bring in either Joao, Swift or Ovie Ejaria into play was terrific.

Despite having a rather large body figure, clearly very strong, the Under-21 European Championship star had some great pace about him. For the first goal scored, he showed a terrific bit of speed to get away from the Cardiff midfield. His determination got him into the box where he cut-in and fired home with his weaker foot.

Alongside his speed, Puscas isn’t afraid to dribble with the ball. He had a 67% dribbling success against the Bluebirds which, for a striker who holds up the ball, is a good percentage.

If he’s to push Reading on this season, then he has to settle in fast. Despite scoring twice on Sunday, a lot of foreign players struggle to have quick starts in such a physical league as the Championship. Although he’s hit the ground running, Reading supporters must not get on the strikers back if he hits a bad patch. All the makings are there for him to have a successful season and tenure at the Royals.

The Royals take on West Brom at the Hawthorns on Wednesday, in what will be another test for José Gomes’ side who are looking to build on Sunday’s emphatic victory.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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