Reading haven’t had the start to the season that they would have hoped for so far but since Mark Bowen has come in as manager, the form has been uplifted.
The Royals didn’t start the campaign well at all, and their new signings were failing to deliver. This saw manager Jose Gomes sacked after just 11 games of the season.
Bowen took over, and has since won four of his first seven games as the Royals look to climb up the Championship table.
One player who may well have had a season changing game on Saturday was George Puscas. The Romanian, who signed from Inter Milan in the summer, bagged a hat-trick in the space of five minutes as the Royals came from behind to beat Wigan 3-1.
It was a quite stunning performance, that not many Reading fans could have seen coming. His first goal came from the penalty spot, whilst his second was an unbelievable individual moment as he nutmegged the defender to find space to slot home.
He completed his hat-trick with a finely placed left-footed strike as he was able to meet Garath McCleary’s fine cross.
His goalscoring form hasn’t been great so far this season, and before the Wigan match Puscas had scored just three times in the league.
It wasn’t just his shooting that was impressive, he was able to complete 100% of his dribbles through the match and for quite a stocky player he has the ability to run with the ball at quite some pace.
Another part of his game that will go unnoticed is his work-rate. Puscas truly runs his socks off during a match, and that sometimes may be why he rushes a lot of his chances, but on Saturday he did this to good effect and even managed to make three interceptions. For a striker that is a very good statistic that Bowen will like to see.
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His passing is also good with a 58% accuracy, and considering the majority of them will be in the attacking third, it is still an impressive figure.
He has to now make sure that consistency is the one thing he focuses on and that he goes into Reading’s next fixture against Birmingham with the exact same belief. If he can do that, then he could well go on to become one of the best strikers in this division.