Norwich City need striker Teemu Pukki to score goals. More times than not, when Pukki has scored goals this season for the Canaries, they have picked up Premier League points. Eight of Norwich City’s 12 points this season have come when Pukki has scored at least one goal in a match.
Norwich City fans are hoping for a great escape from the relegation zone. Wolverhampton Wanderers will arrive this weekend as the Canaries seek unlikely points against the Midlands club. Fans can visit BetRivers for the latest bet bonuses before wagering on the team they believe will win the fixture.
The Finnish striker has tallied three assists as well and a further one point has been tallied when Pukki creates a goal-scoring opportunity. That is nine of 12 points that Pukki has been directly responsible for Norwich City obtaining.
With Daniel Farke’s team in 19th-place and three points above the relegation zone, the question is, can Norwich City win without Teemu Pukki?
Will Pukki play versus Wolves?
Pukki suffered a suspected fractured toe against Leicester City last weekend as he led Norwich City to a 1-1 away draw. The striker’s grit and determination showed during the fixture as he played through the pain barrier. Every touch, pass, shot, and step would have sent pain shooting up Pukki’s foot, ankle, and leg. Supporters can use the Fanpromocode during the Premier League’s busy holiday period to get bet bonuses before wagering on the matches. It was revealed this week that the toe is not broken but badly beaten up.
His presence in the side is vital to Norwich City picking up points with Wolverhampton Wanderers arriving on Saturday. Wolves are midtable and have a shot at cracking the top four. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side has played 31 matches in all competitions due to Europa League commitments. The side is fatigued and Norwich City have the opportunity to take points off of Wolverhampton Wanderers this weekend at home. Just three points separate Norwich City from 17th-placed Aston Villa. A win could see the Canaries near a great escape.
The importance of Pukki
Pukki has tallied 53% of Norwich City’s scoring this term. No player in the Premier League’s top 10 scoring chart has been as important for their team statistically as Pukki has been for Norwich City. Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has tallied 46% of the team’s scoring which is the second-most in the top 10. However, Arsenal have other players who could step in for Aubameyang. Norwich City do not have the same luxury when it comes to a vice-Pukki in the team.
If Pukki is unable to play on Saturday, or over the holiday period due to his injured toe, Norwich City would be in grave danger. By the time the forward returned from the injury, Norwich City would possibly be too far behind the rest of the league to overcome relegation. That is a thought Norwich City fans do not want to consider at this point.
The striker’s toe may not have been broken last weekend, but damage to it could cause issues down the line. A mis-timed tackle from a Wolves defender could send Pukki to the turf grasping his foot. Norwich City supporters will watch every touch Pukki takes on Saturday with bated breath.