Sheffield Wednesday made a number of mistakes towards the end of Garry Monk’s tenure at the club, but one thing they may now live to regret more than anything is releasing Preslav Borukov.
Wednesday have had problems with their strikers all season, with no player in the Owls’ squad scoring more than two league goals so far, and while we don’t think Borukov would have been banging them in, he may have been a great fit for Tony Pulis’ style.
We hate to dumb football down to this level, but Pulis’ football is simple and direct, and in order for that to work well he needs a target man to spearhead his attack.
Think back to Pulis’ most successful teams, the lines were lead by the likes of Kenwyne Jones, Peter Crouch and Salomon Rondon, big strong strikers who are aerial threats, and Borukov certainly fits that billing.
“I am a strong and physical player, I can hold the ball, run in behind and win balls in the air. I have good movement without the ball.” Borukov told FootballFanCast earlier this year.
“My best attributes are that I am strong and fast, I am good at heading. I am right-footed but I am very good with my left as well.”
The 20-year-old even went as far as comparing himself to Romelu Lukaku, and even though the Belgian is far too good to play for a Pulis side, he is exactly the type of profile of player the Welshman dreams of.
“I want to have my own style and way of play, but I look quite like Lukaku,”
Unfortunately for the Bulgarian it looks as though the end of his time at Wednesday was just a case of the wrong place at the wrong time, as we can imagine he’s a player Pulis would have loved working with.
Instead, Borukov is back plying his trade in his home country, and he’s doing rather well by all accounts, bagging a goal every 242 minutes in the Bulgarian top-flight.
Perhaps Pulis could have gotten something out of him in the Championship if he was still on the books at Wednesday.