Championship

TT Battle: Teemu Pukki vs Oli McBurnie

Norwich City fans will want to see their club extend their lead at the top of the Championship table, however, those at Swansea City will want to see their side’s slim playoff hopes remain alive come the final whistle at the weekend.

Both Teemu Pukki and Oli McBurnie are likely to play a rather key role in ensuring their fanbase can go home the happiest when the two sides meet at Carrow Road.

However, which of the two front men is better for their respective side?

Teemu Pukki

Having joined Norwich on a free transfer from Brondby, things really could not have been any better for Daniel Farke’s side with the Pukki in the team.

The Finland international has been a standout for the Canaries this season, as he leads the goalscoring charts in the Championship with 24 goals in his 32 games so far, whilst also chipping in with seven assists – making him one of the most potent strikers in the division.

Admittedly, it is easy to say that the 28-year-old is one of the key reasons as to why Norwich find themselves at the top of England’s second tier and look strong favourites to return to the Premier League.

But many at the club may not have initially expected the Fin to have hit the heights he has managed to achieve in his first campaign in English football, which will have made his addition all the more pleasing for those in East Anglia.

TT Grade: B+

Oli McBurnie

McBurnie’s impressive loan spell with Barnsley in the Championship certainly appears to have set him up for a great campaign with Swansea under Graham Potter.

The manager installed the Scotland international as his first choice striker and the 22-year-old appears to have been repaying the faith shown in him as he has managed to net 16 times in his 33 appearances so far, with four assists to his name as well.

Although the Welsh side’s season has not gone as well as many would have initially hoped for, McBurnie is a key reason as to why they still have slim hopes of returning to the Premier League at the first time of asking, although it will have to be through the playoffs.

For that to happen, the forward will need to improve a little on his consistency, as do the majority of the side, but there is no suggestion that the talent he has at his disposal is showing signs of slowing down.

TT Grade: B-

The Verdict:

Both strikers are extremely important to their respective sides, however, Pukki must be the man to be considered the winner of this battle.

The Finland international has proven to be prolific at this level and it is truly remarkable that he has managed to do so when considering that it is his first season in English football, with a number of foreign talent struggling to adapt to the game.

McBurnie is likely to continue improving in the future and will become even more valuable to Swansea over the next few seasons – should they manage to keep hold of him, but the Norwich ace is already the gold standard.

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