Sheffield Wednesday are confident new Romanian striker Sergiu Bus can rectify their goal-scoring woes and propel them back into the Championship play-off race.
No team has scored fewer goals in the second-tier of English football than the Owls during the 2014/15 season. Stuart Gray’s troops have hit the back of the net just 21 times in 28 league matches.
Wednesday have fired blanks in their last two fixtures and scored a meagre seven times in their own backyard, prompting them to sign Bus for an undisclosed fee, believed to be £375,000 plus add ons, from Bulgarian club CSKA Sofia yesterday.
It is a big coup and statement of intent from the Owls, who have recently been taken over by Thai businessman Dejphon Chansiri, as several European clubs were chasing Bus’s signature.
The 22-year-old, who could make his Wednesday debut versus Cardiff City this weekend, has agreed a three-and-a-half-year deal, although the transfer is subject to international clearance.
One thing is for certain, the Owls have recruited a player who has been in fine form. Bus moved to Sofia last summer and bagged 10 goals in 19 appearances in the Bulgarian top-flight.
Bus, who began his career at hometown club CFR Cluj before enjoying loan spells with Unirea Alba Iulia, Târgu Mureș, Gaz Metan Mediaș and Corona Brașov, has also impressed at international level, hitting four goals in seven outings for the Romania Under-21 side.
Wednesday sit in 10th position after Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Reading, nine points off the top-six, but Gray is convinced Bus can give them a cutting edge in the final third.
He said: “Sergiu had opportunities to go elsewhere but he’s decided to come to England. Sergiu is a great addition.
“He’s got energy, hunger, he wants to get into the full international side but, most important, he can score goals.
“Hopefully the boy will hit the ground running.”
Bus will wear shirt number 38 and be vying for a striking berth along with Will Keane, Atdhe Nuhiu and Stevie May. His last competitive run-out came in mid-December.