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Inter fans everywhere might be wondering two questions regarding our youth – Puscas and Bonazzoli, what’s the difference between them, and which one is better?
puscas and bonazzoli
Puscas and Bonazzoli are two stellar young strikers we happen to have currently at Inter Primavera. Frederico Bonazzoli has played at Inter since he was 7 years old and is a real star of the youth team – I personally have followed him since around 2011 or so and managed to watch his very rapid rise through our youth teams. Currently the second youngest player to ever play for Inter, he is on course to make a real impact at Inter.
Swapping between our Puscas and Bonazzoli duo, let’s take a look at George Puscas, who has had a very different career path to date. Moving to Inter on loan in 2013, he quickly took over a starting spot from banner-signing Alessandro Capello who has tipped for great things. He was signed outright for several hundred thousand euros (reports vary from 300,000 to 600,000) in the summer, and has moved on to claim his Primavera starting berth very quickly.
George Puscas is a clinic striker, and has netted 10 goals in 4 Primavera appearance this season, including 5 against Virtus Lanciano on the opening matchday of the season. This form has been closely mirrored by Frederico Bonazzoli, who hit 4 recently against Perugia. It gets hard to separate between them at some point, but in terms of playing styles, there is definitely a huge difference.
Bonazzoli, on the other hand, reminds me much more of someone like Vieri. He’s a physically overpowering player who can snipe from long range like Vieri just as much as he can drift in to the box, use his strength to keep the ball, and hit a tidy finish into the corner of the goal. Puscas on the other hand is a brilliant finisher – a real poacher. None of his five goals against Lanciano were particularly impressive, but it was the sheer quantity and ability to create chances that really deserved notice. He’s on set to break Primavera goalscoring records, and is reaching high praise already in Italy.
Attributes aside, what about potential? That gets much harder to judge. I think Puscas has a long way to go, and impressive as he may be in the Primavera level, it’s going to be hard to have the same level of impact at the first team. At the same time, Bonazzoli’s physique does not offer the same benefits at the senior level compared to what it offers in the youth levels. Overall, however, I think Bonazzoli just gets ahead of the race here. Puscas deserves high praise for being more clinical than Bonazzoli, but it is easy for me to imagine him being taken out of the game in the first team, despite having some great runs and knowing how to attack, whereas I think Bonazzoli’s role as a more striker-cum-target man could offer the opportunity to bring him into the game more.
Contrasting the two is a real struggle, and personally, I’d much rather see them play together in the Coppa Italia, than instead of another.