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Reading FC’s newest striker, George Puscas, has already been linked with a move away after it was reported that Fenerbahce scouts watched the player in action for national side, Romania.
The 23-year-old scored the winning goal for his country against Malta after heading home at a corner, and last Thursday he was impressive against a strong Spain side.
Puscas joined the Berkshire side in the summer and has already found the net three times for the Royals. On his Championship debut, the forward scored twice, including a wonderful individual effort, against Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City.
Having reached the semi-final for the Romania under-21s in the European Championships, Puscas is regarded as a highly rated youngster in modern football.
With that being said, he is yet to prove himself and must keep his head grounded and try to help this Royals side achieve their targets for the season.
Speculation coming out linking the striker with a move to Turkey in January are clutching at straws. He’s on a five-year contract at the Royals, and as mentioned earlier, Puscas is one of the brightest up and coming players in European football, it would take a massive fee for Reading to even consider selling.
He has stated on several occasions how eager he is to play in the Premier League, and the reason he has probably taken the decision to move to the Championship is for a potential rise up to one of the best divisions in the world.
Puscas will be hoping that he can become a star man under José Gomes and turn Reading into a team that were fighting off relegation to a side that can compete at the top of the league. Signs are promising for the Royals and after picking up some impressive results in their opening six fixtures, they’ll be hoping they’ve turned a new corner.
It’ll be a big season for the Romanian, his first season in English football and he’ll want to make himself liked by supporters and prove his ability first and foremost.
What would be interesting is if an offer did actually come in for Puscas, to see what kind of fee the Royals would set as the acceptable price. The feel is that he’s going to be at the Royals for awhile to try and complete a project under Gomes, but if the Portuguese boss was to leave, then that might make a difference for the forward’s long-term future.