Jose Gomes might still be in a job if George Puscas had put away just half of the chances that have been served up on a silver platter in recent weeks.
And while that might sound a little harsh, the misfiring £8 million striker certainly has to take his share of the blame for Reading’s alarming slide down the table and the subsequent sacking of their charismatic coach.
It’s hard to imagine now, with Puscas enduring a miserable run in front of goal, that Leeds United appeared to have missed a golden opportunity over the summer. According to The Mail, Marcelo Bielsa’s title-chasers wanted to sign the Inter Milan youngster on the back of his remarkable performances for Russia at the U21 European Championships.
Quick, aggressive, brilliant in the air and a lethal finisher, Puscas’s four goal fired Romania to the semi-finals with Andy Hinchcliffe comparing the all-action number nine as Alan Shearer-esque (Sky).
But Puscas has looked less Shearer, more Xisco since joining Leeds’ Championship rivals Reading in August. A brace in a 3-0 thrashing of Cardiff City represented the ideal start but Puscas has now gone eight games, and over 530 minutes, without a league goal for the struggling Royals.
It’s becoming painful to watch with Puscas missing a glorious chance from a matter of yards as Reading lost 1-0 at Bristol City on Saturday. Gomes was sacked just days later.
Leeds signed the popular and prolific Eddie Nketiah on loan instead and, unless Puscas can rediscover the golden touch that terrorised England and Germany over the summer, it looks like they’ve dodged an £8 million bullet.
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