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Pukki can’t explain goalscoring form

9th September 2019, 16:23 by Tom McGarry

Norwich striker Teemu Pukki admits he cannot explain why he has been in such good goalscoring form over recent seasons.

Finland international Pukki was a rather low-key arrival at Norwich on a free transfer from Brondby during the summer of 2018, with his only previous spell in British football coming in the form of a rather underwhelming one-season stay at Celtic.

However, since joining Norwich, Pukki has gone from strength-to-strength and finished as the Championship’s top scorer last season, with his 29 goals helping the Canaries to the title.

The 29-year-old has picked up where he left off this season, netting five goals in his first four Premier League appearances, including a hat-trick during last month’s 3-1 home win over Newcastle.

Pukki’s goalscoring form has not just been limited to club level. He has also scored five goals in his last four international appearances for Finland, including strikes against Greece and Italy over the last few days in Euro 2020 qualifying.

Speaking after Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to Italy, Pukki admitted he cannot put his finger on why he has found such a rich vein of goalscoring form, but he is hopeful that it will continue for a long time to come.

“It’s hard to say really,” Pukki told reporters. “In the last three years I’ve scored quite a lot of goals, so that gives you confidence.

“Things are going well, I’m enjoying it and with hard work I hope to keep going.”

Despite the defeat to Italy, Finland are still well placed to qualify for their first ever major international tournament. They currently occupy one of the two qualification places from Group H, while they also have the safety net of a play-off place guaranteed courtesy of their performance during the UEFA Nations League.

Pukki admits it would be a great achievement for Finland to make it through to next summer’s Euros.

“It would be a big, big thing for Finland,” he added. “But we still need to get some points in the next games.”

For the time being, Pukki will put his international thoughts to one side as he turns his attention back to the Premier League, with Norwich set to welcome champions Manchester City to Carrow Road on Saturday.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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