At Norwich City, Teemu Pukki scored for Taffer, at Schalke he once flopped. In an interview, he talks about the reasons for his failure.
Flopped at Schalke, now the Premier League’s top goalscorer.
Teemu Pukki’s career didn’t always go in one direction. Finn is currently in the form of his life, mixing up the Premier League with Norwich City – and salutes from first place on the goalscoring list with four goals after two games.
The 29-year-old Finn wants to meet again against Chelsea. (Premier League: Norwich City – Chelsea FC, 1.30pm on LIVETICKER) In an interview with the Daily Mail, Pukki spoke at length about his career – and surprised with interesting details.
Teemu Pukki: “Step may be too big for me”
In 2011, the then 21-year-old Finn scored twice in the dress of HJK Helsinki in the Europa League qualifier against FC Schalke 04. “Two days later, they called me and said, ‘Come to us,'” Pukki said. At the time Ralf Rangnick was the coach of the Royal Blues, but only a few weeks later he resigned with burnout.
“Under the new coach Huub Stevens, I had some games and also scored some goals. But perhaps the move to move from Finland to one of the top teams in Germany was too big for me,” Pukki said self-critically.
After his two-year interlude in Gelsenkirchen, Pukki moved to Scotland to Celtic Glasgow. There he was criticized a lot in his first season, scoring seven goals in 25 appearances. After only one year, Pukki fled to Denmark to Bröndby IF. He initially played on loan, then was signed in 2015.
Pukki flourishes under Alexander Zorniger
A golden decision. In Denmark, Finn’s knot burst. Almost every season he increased his goal rate, in the 2016/17 season he scored 29 goals. A German coach played a part in this.
“In the first two seasons, I scored nine goals each. Then we got a new coach with Alexander Zorniger. He has made us so fit and I have realized that defensive work is good for me,” Pukki said.
In 2018, the move to Norwich followed. In his first season with the Canaries, the Finn scored 29 goals and became the best shooter in the English Championship. Pukki also raved about his current German coach: “Daniel Farke is so good. It is quiet but can get really loud if something doesn’t work. He knows me perfectly. He believes in me and I can develop well under him”.
After his hat-trick against Newcastle United last weekend, Chelsea is now waiting for another big chunk. “We are ready,” Pukki said aggressively.