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Our view: Reported interest in George Puscas could see Reading start new Championship trend

George Puscas of FC Internazionale in action during the International Champions Cup match between Juventus and FC Internazionale at the Nanjing Olympic Center Stadium on July 24, 2019 in...

Reading’s George Puscas has been linked with Fenerbahce.

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.

According to a report by Fanatik, Fenerbahce have sent scouts to watch Reading striker George Puscas on international duty and they intend to keep watching him up until January.

The report comes just over a month since Reading signed Puscas in a £7.5 million deal.

The move for Puscas raised questions among Championship observers. After all, previous reports suggested the Royals were in a 'soft transfer embargo' as they battled against Financial Fair Play regulations.

 

Well, the move for Puscas already appears to be a shrewd one, and it could set a trend for Championship clubs to follow as more clubs look for a way to move forward amid FFP restraints.

The 23-year-old is a full Romania international, scoring five goals in 10 games. At Championship level, he looks a class above with two goals in three starts in a previously struggling Reading side.

The Royals may have spent big to capture the striker. But, with his potential and increased recognition in an expanding market, the Berkshire club could make a significant profit on him in a short space of time.

Fenerbahce are one of Turkey’s leading clubs. They regularly play in European competition, and they have spent money on big players such as Robin Van Persie and Nani in recent years.

George Puscas of FC Internazionale in action during the International Champions Cup match between Juventus and FC Internazionale at the Nanjing Olympic Center Stadium on July 24, 2019 in...

Reading have probably looked at their Championship rivals and decided to think outside the box. Brentford have a similar model, albeit working with smaller purchase fees, and they have thrived.

Ipswich, meanwhile, have barely spent a penny in years and it finally caught up with them last season, suffering relegation to League One after over a decade of mid-table Championship football.

It seems trying to work on a tight budget in the Championship doesn’t work. Instead, spending big fees on young players with the idea of selling for even bigger profits could in the end prove a better model for long-term success.

George Puscas of Reading shoots at goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Cardiff City at Madejski Stadium on August 18, 2019 in Reading, England.

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