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