I knew this was going to end up happening.
This is what happens when you end up penny-pinching rather than taking a risk. Whilst I know Birmingham aren’t exactly in the best of places financially at the moment, if they wanted to make the move happen, they should have found a way to make it so.
As a result, we now have to watch George Puscas hit the ground running with his new club Reading. Having scored his first goal for the club against Wycombe Wanderers in the Carabao Cup, he put in a fantastic display against Cardiff City on the weekend. What made it worse was the game was on national TV, so the whole country got to see what a fabulous little prospect he is. His first goal in particular, caught the attention of the EFL, and the world for that matter.
I wrote a few weeks ago when the rumours of Puscas joining the club were at their peak that the club could end up regretting not pushing the boat out a little bit further in their attempts to sign him, and after his display against Cardiff, it looks like there could be something to it. I also spoke when he was first linked to the club that this would be a key signing for us, so I’m very much in with the group of fans who are gutted to have missed out on him.
This should be seen as a warning for the club. If you are confident that someone is the right man for you, then you have to go out and get him. A philosophy that the club would be well served to pay attention to in January when the transfer window opens again.
This league is all about being aggressive and taking risks. If you start being passive and hesitating about making moves, then you’ll end up stuck in this division forever. So the next time a player comes along that could end up getting you 10+ goals a season, make sure you seal the deal.