It might just be game-week two of the 2019/20 Premier League season but we’ve witnessed a lot of action already.
From dream debuts to long term injuries to VAR drama and yes a lot of goals.
Just like the title, the race for the golden boot has shown great potentials of going down to the wire.
The usual suspect of big names have lived to the hype and have all opened their accounts.
The likes of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Sergio Aguero have a goal to their names. Over to London, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Harry Kane have bagged two goals already.
For all the calibre of centre forwards mentioned above, it’s ironic that a “midfielder” leads the pile.
Not surprisingly though, City’s Raheem Sterling leads the early charts with four goals, having bagged a hat-trick already.
But wait he’s not alone. And if the “top” forwards have all been mentioned, who can it be?
Well, that man is Norwich’s Teemu Pukki.
Every season, the EPL serves its fair share of “fairytale” stories and the 29-year-old could be that for this season, in terms of goals.
The “big boys” are set for yet another exhilarating race but can Pukki be a thorn in their path?
Perhaps so and here’s why.
The Finn scored a brace in six games during his phenomenal Championship campaign of 2018-19, as he scored 29 league goals after moving on a free transfer from Brondby, winning the Player of the Season award.
With that impressive goal haul, Pukki also took the Championship Golden Boot award and was the top scorer in the entire Football League – an impressive achievement for somebody brought in for free at the start of the season.
He might be new in the Premier League but definitely not new to goals.
The hat-trick he scored over the weekend wasn’t just an addition to his personal collection, it was one of prestige for his club as well.
Pukki’s hat-trick was the first-ever for Norwich City in the Premier League and his first goal was definitely a joy to watch.
At 29, he is clearly not lacking with experience and the necessary mental strength to remain focused in front of goal.
Let’s not forget that he has been decisive so far as well. Even his first shot on target in the EPL did lead to a goal.
Teemu Pukki has scored his first-ever Premier League goal with his first shot on target in the competition.
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Also, he has nothing to lose, he plays for Norwich. Anything as good as 17th position (avoiding relegation) will be relatively termed a successful first season by the club’s hierarchy.
The advantage being there is no pressure on him to perform and he can play with that freedom and lack of tense feelings.
The Finn can also take a cue from a 2015/16 Jamie Vardy that gave and Aguero a tough sweat in the golden boot, eventually ending just one shy of his fellow Englishman, Harry Kane.
Although winning the Golden Boot in the Championship might probably be way easier than winning the Golden Boot in the Premier League.
When you consider that Pukki will not have the same service as say, Kane, Aubameyang, Aguero, Salah, or Mane – it makes one ponder just how long the Finn can keep the fire burning.
Also, the standard of defending and goalkeeping in the Premier League is much higher than that of the Championship which means that it’s much harder to score goals, ideally.
It might be too early to sing the 29-year-old’s praise but as it stands he is the league’s joint-top scorer and in a team with an attacking setup like Norwich, we can only agree that he’ll get many more goals as well.