Former Celtic forward Teemu Pukki has continued his remarkable rise by winning the first Premier League ‘Player of the Month’ award of the season.
The Finnish forward netted the award for August – a month in which he scored five goals in four league matches. His strikes weren’t exactly against smaller teams either. Pukki struck against both Liverpool and Chelsea and netted a sensational hat-trick against Newcastle United.
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The rise of Pukki will have shocked many Celtic fans
Given his meteoric rise to become one of the most prolific strikers in Europe, it really is remarkable to consider that he failed to make an impression in the Scottish game. Pukki scored just seven league goals in 26 appearances for the Hoops, while he also netted two European strikes against Icelandic minnows KR Reykjavik.
When he left for Brondby in 2014 he really wasn’t missed. In fact, Celtic fans barely even muttered his name until it became apparent that he was going to be playing Premier League football for Norwich City.
His story, and a similar one for Andy Robertson, just goes to show how unpredictable a game football can be. Sometimes players just find a club that suits them down to the ground, and all the variables are right to allow them to perform at the highest level possible.
It also goes to show that the Scottish top-flight isn’t as bad as some make out. Pukki struggled pretty badly to become relevant in his days in Scotland but now he’s one of the standouts in England.
It’s a bizarre old game at times.