Date: 30th June 2018 at 5:53pm
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Norwich City have today announced the signing of Finnish International striker, Teemu Pukki, with all the details being on canaries.co.uk.

The 28-year-old was announced on the same day as Ben Marshall and my opinion piece bemoaning the Canaries’ lack of a free-scoring striker.

Apologies for the late reporting of this news by Vital Norwich but I’ve been at a football tournament all day, getting roasted in the sun watching my lad play. If I’m honest, this signing has caught me a little off guard with there literally being no speculation about it at all. I think the EDP boys would also say the same.

There has been no hint of this, so congratulations to Stuart Webber for still being able to pull a rabbit out of a hat. The question now though, is “is he any good?”

My article this morning focussed on how the club have not replaced Grant Holt since he left us, almost exactly five years ago and that needed to change. We have been missing a leader too, along with Holty’s goals, we’ve missed his desire, work rate and sheer will to win.

No pressure, Teemu.

Teemu Pukki is 28 and has signed a three-year deal on a free transfer after spending the last four years with Brondy, one of Denmark’s leading Superliga clubs.

He is a Finnish international and has 12 goals in 64 appearances for his country and has had spells with Sevilla, FC Schalke 04 and Celtic. It isn’t as impressive as it sounds though.

He barely played for Sevilla and he scored 8 goals in 37 appearances for Schalke over three seasons. He scored 7 goals in 25 appearances of the 2013-14 season for Celtic, after being signed as Gary Hooper’s replacement (you may remember Gary Hooper).

His record at Brondby is better though, with 36 goals in 87 appearances for the Danish side.

It seems that he struggled to make an impact in Scotland due to the physical nature of the game up north of the border, which doesn’t bode well for the Championship.

Pukki is 5’11” tall and it seems that his main asset is his pace, which is always a tool to terrify defenders with. From what I can make out, he possesses a powerful shot and has quick feet, so who knows?

If he can get to grips with the physicality of the English game, we may have a player on our hands, or not. As ever, I’ll reserve judgement until I’ve seen him play but I’m not excited, are you?

OTBC

 

2 Replies to “Norwich Announce International Striker Signing But Is He The Answer?”

  • Only Norwihc fans could get excited by a player Celtic fans are calling a flop and laughing at us for signing. If you are that bad in Scotland then we are in for a dreadful season of goalscoring once again, but minus Maddison this time. Scrimping on the area of the pitch that demands a decent outlay yet again…and Norwich fans fall for it. We just get a record sale and buy this joker…good god.

    Our failure loving and cheap option besotted fans are very much part of the problem. We will never progress while we accept this dross. Do we truly believe we will get to the prem and stay there with these players? We have gone backwards so fast it hurts.

    At least we had players that could keep us there for a bit, now we have no one of that ilk. We have been served up a regime that has stripped any quality from our side and replaced them with stick men.

  • Pukki didn’t do well at Celtic because they didn’t play to his strengths, too often using him as a target man rather than playing to his strengths (even then he scored 7 goals in 17 starts and 14 sub appearances. Properly used, he could be the striker we’ve been missing. At last we have a pacey striker to peg back opposing defences, counter and vary the attack. He has long shot skills as well as the ability to get behind defences to score goals. He’s not strong heading crosses so they’ll need to be kept low so he can use his quick feet to score. His success will depend on the quality of service he receives from the flanks or through balls from Leitner or Vrancic. Get it right and we could have a goal scoring striker for little outlay.

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