Universitatea Cluj keeps on buying from Dinamo: “Claugol” signs for two years
Since Florian Walter, a former shareholder at Dinamo, took over Universitatea Cluj, in the second division, several players moved from Bucharest to this highly respected and loved club. It proved a successful strategy last season and “U” saw no reason in giving it up after gaining promotion in the top flight.
The first addition was Gabriel Bostina, the experienced midfielder who moved on a free transfer, followed by the versatile Silviu Izvoranu, who can cover almost any position that require a left footed player. Walter was though interested in getting also footballers of an even higher profile and said that he is willing to wait until the 1st of September for the rebel Adrian Cristea and the veteran Claudiu Niculescu. Well, Niculescu realized that if he stays, he’ll probably have to watch a lot of games from the stands, not even from the bench, as Dinamo wasn’t able to sell established strikers like Andrei Cristea and Marius Niculae and was also looking to offer a chance to prove themsevles to Ganea, Alexe or Paun, young players who already proved their potential in Liga I.
Niculescu, one of the leagues all time top scorers, with 138 goals scored in 284 matches, will stay in Cluj for the next two seasons, but should prove more useful in helping youngsters like the Brazilian Machado or the promising Romanian Voican develop quicker rather than provide a decent number of goals. “Claugol” has struggled lately in finding a decent form, lost pace and stamina, looks very fragile when in possession and is too focused on getting freekicks in dangerous positions outside the box, the only way he can still harm the opposition and get his name on the scoreboard.