In our latest instalment of the Flashback series, we take a look back at a certain moment and look at how things might have changed those initial reactions.
Teemu Pukki is a name on most tongues of Premier League fans, with the Finland international notching six goals already following the Canaries’ promotion. However, it was so different for the 29-year-old during his stuttering career with Schalke and Celtic where there was a very clear lack of goals for the now-imperious forward.
After initially scoring 10 goals in 27 appearances for the German club in the 2011/2012 season, Pukki then went on to score just three goals in his second season with the German club. However, it was the manner of his performances which were staggering. Over the course of his two seasons as Schalke, the Canaries forward was averaging just one shot per game (via WhoScored).
He was then shipped off to Celtic during the summer of 2013, and it’s fair to say that move didn’t work out either, with Pukki scoring just eight goals in 38 appearances, lasting just one season.
However, his fortunes changed almost overnight, as he was transferred to Brondby IF. As a matter of fact, he was a completely different player to the flop who had struggled for the last three seasons in Germany and Scotland. Pukki contributed 95 goals in 176 appearances in Denmark across three seasons, eventually earning himself a move to Norfolk in 2018.
Pukki didn’t disappoint, scoring a staggering 29 goals in a league Anthony Knockaert, a Championship veteran, dubbed ‘the hardest in the world’. Remember the poor striker averaging just a shot a game in the Bundesliga? Well, he was now averaging 3.3 shots per game across 46 games in one of the most difficult leagues in the world.
Pukki’s transformation is proving, even more, staggering this season. In his debut campaign in the Premier League, he’s already notched up goals against Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City, scoring a total of six in just seven games so far.
Pukki has gone from a misfit to one of the form strikers in the Premier League. His rise from a nobody to a feared forward is brilliant, and he is now easily Norwich City’s most potent weapon.
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