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New Reading striker George Puscas is aiming to follow in England striker Harry Kane’s footsteps after he got off the mark yesterday in the Royals’ shootout win over League One Wycombe.

The Romanian joined from Italian side Inter Milan last week and has already found himself playing over 135 minutes of football since then.

Coming on at Hull, Puscas almost made an immediate impact but he hit the crossbar with just two minutes of the game remaining.

His tenacity and movement was on show for all yesterday, however, as he netted his first goal for the club. Ryan Allsop made a good original save but the 23-year-old fired home at the second attempt to equalise on the night.

He then scored a penalty in the shootout, which helped Gomes’ side progress to the 2nd round where they’ll face Plymouth away from home.

Speaking to the Reading Chronicle, he said: “I look up to Harry Kane. I also look at Romelu Lukaku. Both strikers are amazing.

“It was a great atmosphere, we have great fans and we are in the next round so I am very happy.

“The pitch was amazing, the fans were behind us and we played good football.

“I have to learn but I like the Championship. It is hard with many games but we have to be ready.”

The Verdict

George Puscas was arguably Reading’s biggest signing of this summer’s transfer window. The striker joined from Inter Milan and just from that information has got the Royals excited.

Given the fact he was in the team of the tournament in the European Under-21 Championships, gives Gomes hope that he can be the quality finisher that Reading have been calling out for in previous seasons.

With Mo Barrow having departed, his goals will need to be replaced in the side. Reading supporters will now feel that they have enough options going forward especially after watching both Lucas Joao at the weekend and now Puscas on Tuesday night.

The debut goal will have given him some confidence ahead of this weekend’s clash with Cardiff, and he’ll be hoping that he can help the Royals to a much needed first three points.

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