Norwich City have made a fantastic start to their Championship season, winning 10 of the 17 games played, leading the table with 33 points, two points ahead of second-placed Middlesbrough. The Canaries have been free-flowing in their approach play in every game.
They have netted 28 goals in 17 games and are looking good going forward. Defensively, they have had problems, and 20 goals conceded is not painting a good picture of their defenders.
However, the things done on the other end of the pitch is helping the team to win games and most importantly, be at the top of the table. Under the current scenario, Norwich would be automatically promoted to the Premier League but as we all know, things can change with 29 games left.
There is one guy who is performing very well for the Canaries and scoring goals in good numbers to aid the team – Teemu Pukki. The Finnish forward has been in great form this season and looks like an ideal front man to lead the club to top-flight promotion.
Here’s a statistical analysis of his performance this season so far:
The 28-year-old has netted nine goals and supplied one assist in 14 appearances, hence, he has been involved in 10 goals out of the 28 scored by the team so far. That accounts for more than one-third of the total, which is a good return for the forward.
His ability to play in different positions helps the manager to field him according to the requirement of the team. Predominantly, Pukki is a number nine who leads the line and scores goals.
Furthermore, the Finland international is handy when it comes to creating chances as well. He has a key pass rate of 1.4, meaning the 28-year-old has fabricated 19 chances for his team. Certainly not just a poacher of a lead man, is he?
All in all, Teemu Pukki has been a key performer for Norwich City this season, and Daniel Farke’s playing system seems to suit him.
The Canaries are leading the race for Premier League promotion thus far and if the Finnish forward continues his fine form, we may see them in top-flight action come the 2019/20 season.
Stats Courtesy – Whoscored.com
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