TEEMU PUKKI is a man who is defying a lot of expectations at the moment. Making his way to the Championship in a free transfer last year he had hardly set the world alight – even after his stint at Celtic.
However, something clicked with the Finnish striker at Carrow Road, and he started banging in goals for fun – helping the Canaries back to the big time of the Premier League.
Although just THREE games into his Premier League career, Teemu has FIVE goals to his name already and he scored against Liverpool and Chelsea.
The striker has come a long way since his Parkhead days where he managed just nine goals in all competitions in his one and only full season at the club.
For Celtic fans, seeing Teemu do so well is strange to see. However, the Norwich frontman has been honest about his time at Parkhead. Speaking to another former Celtic striker, Chris Sutton for Mail Sport – the Premier League Star opened up about his failures.
SUTTON: Then comes your ill-fated time at Celtic. Your first season there, you received a lot of criticism. You scored seven goals in 25 games in the Scottish Premiership. In all honesty, did you expect Scotland would be easier than it was?
PUKKI: I did, yeah. I got the call, ‘Celtic want you’. And I knew Celtic were a top, top team. I thought it would be much easier than it was. It was quicker than I thought. When you got the ball, there was always a defender at you.
SUTTON: Did Celtic set you back, confidence-wise? When I signed for Chelsea and struggled, I would tell myself I was OK, but deep down, I knew I wasn’t. Does that make sense?
PUKKI: Absolutely. It is hard when you think you can do better, but things just aren’t working out.
SUTTON: So, how do you go from that, struggling to score for Celtic, to being where you are now, having people put money on you to win the Golden Boot?
PUKKI: Celtic feels like it was a while ago now. My four years with Brondby after that did me good.
Teemu’s synopsis of Scottish football is a tale woven by a lot of players who come to Scotland with the idea it might be a bit easier than other leagues.
It can be frantic and hard-hitting, and some players just can’t adjust quick enough, if at all. It’s great to see Teemu carve out his career in England and we hope to see him banging more goals in as the season progresses.