This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Player View’ series, this content strand is where we put ourselves in the shoes of a given player, and offer an opinion-based outlook on the situation at hand…
Reading have had a really inconsistent start to the season, and faced defeat on Saturday as they went down 1-0 at Brentford.
It was a close game, but a moment of real quality separated the sides as Ollie Watkins headed home midway through the second-half.
One player who will be left rueing a certain moment of the fixture will be Reading’s George Puscas. The Romanian striker missed a guilt edged chance in the first-half that would have put the Royals 1-0 up.
He was put through on goal, with just the goalkeeper to beat but could only manage to hit it into the keeper’s hands having tried and failed to take it around him. It was a massive moment in the game, and one that is becoming all too familiar for the striker.
He’s missed the same types of chances in fixtures against Swansea, Charlton, Middlesborough and Bristol City. It’s a horrible thing for a striker to have to suffer, but he has to find a way of getting on the scoresheet in the coming weeks, whether it’s a tap in or a 35-yard volley, he needs goals.
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Perhaps, the pressure of being the main man for a club has got to the forward, as at Inter Milan he was never really in the side and when he was it was often as a substitute.
Now, the Royals have spent big money on him, and they have made him the main striker at the club but he’s not dealing with that pressure and it’s starting to show as his misses are costing the Royals points.
It can be frustrating for a player, especially when watching your team-mates continuously create chances knowing that you’re not putting them away. It’s set to be a interesting couple of weeks for the Romanian as he’ll hope that he can get back on the goal trail, otherwise he may well be out of the reckoning for future games.