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Pukki’s 23-goal haul makes him a genuine contender for Championship’s star man at Norwich City

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Upon arriving at Carrow Road last summer, even Teemu Pukki would have struggled to believe the impact he would make during his first season at Norwich.

Pukki’s brace last weekend – his 22nd and 23rd league goals of the season – saw the Finn climb to the top of the Championship goalscoring charts and ease City to a 4-0 win at Bolton.

More importantly, it ensured Daniel Farke’s side provided the perfect response to the disappointing defeat at Preston.

The first half performance was simply sensational – with City producing a quality of play that quite honestly belongs in the Premier League.

The first goal in particular was vintage Norwich under Farke – a swift counter attack finished expertly by Pukki, who must now be a serious contender for the Championship’s player of the season award.

To put Pukki’s season into context, he is now just eight goals off matching Ralph Hunt’s club record of 31 league goals in a season – set in the Third Division South in 1955/56.

And with eight goals in his last six outings – who would bet against the Finn reaching that record in the final 13 games?

The first of those 13 cup finals, to use the old football cliché, is tomorrow’s visit of Bristol City – the league’s form team.

Seven consecutive wins have seen Lee Johnson’s side propel themselves into the promotion picture, and they are 10 points behind City – albeit with two games in hand.

Farke will be boosted by the return of Moritz Leitner, who enters the equation for a starting place after coming through the last 10 minutes at Bolton last weekend unscathed.

With two of City’s closest rivals, West Brom and Sheffield United, facing off, three points would leave the Canaries in a strong position heading into the final quarter of the season.

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