Finland will be looking to kick-off their European campaign on 12th June 2021 with a game against Denmark. To their luck, their side’s attack will be reinforced with Teemu Pukki in the attack. Finland may not be the favorites to win the tournament. Still, they have a slight advantage over others in terms of one name: Teemu Pukki – the leading scorer of the Championship side Norwich City.
What does it mean for Finland? How impressive is Pukki in the attack? Let’s look at some of his statistics, playing position, market value, and a few other numbers to analyze his performances.
Born in 1990, Pukki is a Finnish striker with a knack for explosive goal-scoring abilities. Like England’s Harry Kane, his finishing was praised by many when Norwich was promoted to Premier League a couple of years ago.
The prolific right-footed striker, aged 30, has played in many countries before joining Norwich, such as Sevilla, Schalke, and Celtic. Despite joining Norwich on a free transfer, he became Norwich City’s player of the season in the 2018-19 season.
Teemu Pukki’s primary position, where he is best suited to his abilities, is center-forward. Alternatively to his original position, Pukki can also play as a second striker or left-winger to cut in from the right and score finesse shots.
Despite being an explosive striker, Pukki is currently priced at €6.50 million on the transfer market. Pukki’s current contract with Norwich City will last till 2022, after which he will be a free agent. No one knows about what will be the future of the Finnish striker after a year.
In 10 years, Teemu Pukki changed eight different clubs. He started playing for KTP in 2006 and then made a move to Sevilla after two years. He left for HJK in 2010 after playing in Spain for two years. After playing in HJK, Pukki left for Germany to play in Schalke, where he played for two years.
Pukki scored eight goals in quick succession during his spell at the German club. After a demeaning time in Germany, Pukki played for Celtic and Brøndby before leaving Norwich City in 2018. In 2021, Pukki remains a Norwich City player, and his contract will expire in 2022.
National Team Career
Teemu Pukki debuted for Finland in 2009, and ever since, he has scored 27 goals in 80 appearances. He is hailed as one of the best Finland players of all time, and he is only five goals away from overtaking Litmanen as Finland’s all-time top goal scorer. Pukki helped Finland reach their first-ever international tournament after scoring 10 goals in 10 games in UEFA Euro 2020 qualification round.
In his career as a forward, Pukki has scored 164 goals in 438 club-level games. Alternatively, he has an impressive record of 27 goals in 87 games. That’s impressive for someone who has remained under the radar for a long time.
All eyes in Finland will be looking up to Teemu Pukki’s impressive performances. Come Euro 2020, Finland will be competing against Denmark, Russia, and tournament’s favorites Belgium. The real question is – will Pukki be able to beat Litmanen’s record? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.