Reading ace George Puscas has revealed who he idolised in the footballing world when he was growing up during a Q&A on his Instagram Story on Monday night.
Football in England and across most of the world has been suspended until the end of April due to recent events and players are having to train from their homes, leaving them with plenty of free time.
To help fill that void, Puscas took to social media and invited questions from fans with many Reading fans getting in touch.
One of the questions was on his childhood footballing icon and the Romanian revealed a classic choice: Fernando Torres.
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During his time with Liverpool, Torres netted 85 goals in just over 200 matches, doing so when Puscas would have been around 11-years-old.
The 23-year-old made the move to Reading in the summer from Inter Milan, going on to score 11 goals in 33 appearances for his new side, becoming one of Mark Bowen’s most important weapons.
Prior to the league’s suspension, the Royals were sat in 14th place with nine points between them and the relegation zone and an eight-point gap between themselves and the play-off places.
They are perhaps, therefore, one of the sides least affected by the shutdown of games although you can bet that the likes of Puscas will still be eager to see out the campaign and score as many goals as possible.
A lot of footballers around the same age as Puscas will have Torres nailed down as one of their heroes – even those not playing as a striker.
There are definitely glimpses of similarities in Puscas’ game as well. His positional sense is one of his biggest strengths and some of his finishing as been reminiscent of the Spaniards.
Finding the consistency that defined Torres’ time at Liverpool will now be the next aim for the Royals marksman.