Meet Teemu Pukki, Europe’s Hottest Goalscorer During The 2019-20 Season So Far

When talking about prolific goalscorers in Europe, most experts
and fans tend to name the usual suspects. Names such as Mohamed Salah,
Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar or Kylian Mbappe, just to name a
few, tend to get recognition. However, one player that doesn’t get
nearly enough praise as he deserves has been tearing it up in the
2019-20 Premier League season while featuring for Norwich City.

Yes, you have guessed it. We are talking about Teemu Pukki. The
Finland international has been one of the best goalscoring threats in
Europe’s top leagues in the beginning of the season.

Pukki, however, had to take the long road before making it to the top
of European’s football. He had previously played for Sevilla (17
appearances / three goals), Schalke 04 (47/8) and Celtic (38/9) with
limited success. Everything changed when he moved from Glasgow to
Denmark to play for Brondby IF.

A transfer that would change Pukki’s career for good

Playing for one of the top sides in the Denmark Super Liga made
wonders for Pukki. He scored 72 goals in 164 appearances for the Danish
giants. In the process, he also established a great society with Hany
Mukhtar. It didn’t take long before a top side wanted to sign him, and
Norwich set their sights on him ahead of the 2018/19 Championship
season. Pukki moved to England and delivered positive results as soon as
he arrived. The Finnish was the league’s top scorer with 29 goals, and
led Norwich towards a spot in the Premier League ahead of the 2019/20
campaign.

One would have thought the former Brondby IF star would need time to
adjust to the Premier League, but that hasn’t been the case. Pukki
already has five goals and one assist in four EPL appearances this term,
and has been virtually unstoppable by opposing defences. Just ask
Newcastle United, as Pukki netted a hat-trick against them on August
17th.

An absolute menace both at club and country level

Pukki has also scored against Liverpool and Chelsea, further
evidencing his ability to create havoc on opposing defences regardless
of the opponent. But the talented striker has been playing at a high
level on the international stage as well.

During the current international break, Pukki netted against Greece
and Italy. He previously found the back of the net against Liechtenstein
and Bosnia back in June this year. He has five goals in his last four
international appearances, and has been one of the top scorers in the
European Championship Qualifiers thus far.

Pukki might not get a lot of press, but fans all over the world are
beginning to notice what this 29-year-old forward can do. And it’s time
about time he gets the recognition he deserves as one of the top
goalscoring threats in Europe during the past 12 months.

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