Have Sheffield United found the new Alan Shearer in George Puscas?

Sheff Utd manager Chris Wilder gestures during the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke City and Sheffield United at the Bet365 Stadium on May 5, 2019 in Stoke-on-Trent, England.

Sheffield United are reportedly keen to bring Palermo striker George Puscas to the Premier League after his outstanding U21 European Championship displays.

George Puscas of Romania celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the 2019 UEFA U-21 Group C match between England and Romania at Dino Manuzzi Stadium on June 21, 2019 in Cesena,...

George Puscas’ U21 European Championship campaign is over. But that does not mean we have seen the last of this bullish, old-school throwback of a number nine.

Romanian centre-forward Puscas came into the tournament as something of an unknown but he leaves with his reputation greatly enhanced.

The Palermo striker plundered four goals in four games as surprise packages Romania stormed to the semi-finals, including two in the last four meeting with Germany on Thursday afternoon. He never gave Jonathan Tah and Timo Baumgartl a moments peace, pressing hard and finishing in style.

 

Puscas put the Germans at risk of a shock elimination with a first-half double, comprising a well-taken penalty and a clinical header, and only a second half collapse ended Romania’s hopes of lifting the title.

But, in the space of just four matches, Puscas has thrown himself into the limelight. Romanian publication Sport claimed this week that Premier League newcomers Sheffield United have made him an offer.

George Puscas of Romania U21 during the UEFA UNDER21 Championship match between Germany and Romania at Renato Dall'Ara Stadium on June 27, 2019 in Bologna, Italy.

The Blades have been handed some encouragement by a rather unlikely source – former Wednesday hero Andy Hinchcliffe.

“(Puscas) reminds me a lot of Alan Shearer. He’s not blindingly quick across the ground but he’s strong and he’s a great finisher,” Hinchcliffe told Sky Sports (27 June, 5:00pm).

“We know he’s got the physical power to bully opponents.”

You can see where Hinchcliffe is coming from; Puscas has all the raw attributes to develop into a genuinely world class centre-forward - like the Newcastle and Blackburn legend.

And if he finds the net half as many times as Shearer in the Premier League, Sheffield United would have a hero on their hands.

George Puscas of Romania U21 during the UEFA UNDER21 Championship match between Germany and Romania at Renato Dall'Ara Stadium on June 27, 2019 in Bologna, Italy.

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