Reading shared the spoils with QPR at The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium last night, after battling back to secure a 2-2 draw.
Sam Baldock scored a tap-in in the 74th minute to take a point back to Berkshire, and it means that new manager Mark Bowen is unbeaten in his first two matches in charge.
The win against Preston at the Madjeski Stadium and a point against play-off chasers QPR has done a lot to calm the nerves after Royals fans were up in arms with the recent appointment of Bowen following Jose Gomes’s departure.
Nevertheless, it is clear that the Welshman has quality players at his disposal, meaning they all have to do their bit to help their side climb up the Championship table.
One player in particular that has proven his worth on occasions this season is George Puscas.
The 23-year-old signed for Reading in the summer from Italian giants Internazionale for a club record fee of £6.8 million, with a further £1.7 million in bonuses. The Romanian international had an excellent summer for his Under-21 side.
Puscas was named in the team of the tournament at the Under-21 EURO Championships, leading Romania to the semi-finals, scoring four goals in the process.
This had led to a place in Romania’s senior squad, where the 23-year-old has featured on eight occasions in their EURO qualifying campaign, scoring five goals.
His form on the International stage has not transferred to his club side however, as the Romanian has only scored three league goals for Reading.
A composed finish to round off an excellent counter-attack for Reading’s first goal in last night’s game, however, could prove to be the confidence booster that he needs to get his season back on track.
Puscas is a more of a classic No.9, although he can provide flashy moments on the ball when needed.
Most importantly, he is a deadly finisher. The brace he scored against Cardiff City on the second match-day of the season was proof of his prowess in the penalty area.
It has been the case this season that Reading opt to play a 3-5-2 formation, with three central midfielders – Swift, Pele and Ejaria.
A way to get Puscas on the ball in this shape is to enable Ejaria and Swift roam from their positions to provide through balls, while Pele and the wing backs cover the space to prevent the opposition from counter-attacking.
We have to wait to see if Reading’s record signing can now prove his worth in the upcoming fixtures.