Burnley are reportedly among the favourites to sign Norwich City striker Teemu Pukki in the summer transfer window.
According to Lancashire Live, the Clarets are second favourites with some bookmakers to lure the 80-cap Finland international from Carrow Road following the Canaries’ relegation from the Premier League, with Besiktas currently touted as the front-runners for his signature.
Pukki found the net 11 times for Norwich in their dismal Premier League campaign, although six of those came in the first five matches of the season, including a hat-trick against Newcastle. The 30-year-old netted just twice since New Year’s Day, with both of those goals coming in January. [via TransferMarkt]
His subsequent struggles in front of goal mirrored those of the Canaries in general – in the 14 league games that Norwich played since the start of February, they scored the grand total of two goals. Meanwhile, in eight league games after the season restarted in mid-June, the Finland striker managed just six shots in total (as per WhoScored).
Pukki’s season haul of 11 goals in all competitions was matched by Jay Rodriguez at Burnley and three fewer than Chris Wood. The other two senior centre-forwards at Turf Moor, Ashley Barnes and Matej Vydra, struck eight goals between them in 2019/20. [via TransferMarkt]
Burnley already have a decent selection of potent striking options and therefore aren’t in great need of reinforcement in this department, while they certainly don’t need to invest in a 30-year-old and out of form Pukki.
Furthermore, there are other positions in Sean Dyche’s squad which require more urgent attention – they only have three natural wingers, while neither of the two goalkeeping backups to Chelsea transfer target Nick Pope played for the Clarets in 2019/20.
Would Teemu Pukki be a good signing for Burnley?
Burnley will likely need to be more frugal and clever than before in what is set to be a constrained financial climate in the transfer window, so the purchase of Pukki would make very little sense.
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