Former Celtic and current Norwich striker Teemu Pukki was reportedly a deadline-day target for Manchester United, according to the Independent.
They’ve stated that United considered a bid for Pukki but were told that under no circumstances would the player be allowed to leave Norwich. The Independent didn’t state that a bid was launched by United, instead they were simply warned off taking the Finnish international after having an interest.
Pukki has been a revelation in the Premier League this season. He’s scored 11 goals in 23 appearances in the competition for Norwich (Transfermarkt), showing just how vital he’s been. Overall, he’s scored 41 goals in 70 games for the Canaries. It’s no wonder they want to keep him so badly.
But it’s also a sign of just how far he’s come from his Celtic days. Struggling to get a game ahead of the likes of Anthony Stokes, it’s incredible to see the difference in him.
Pukki has grown and grown
Compare his current stats with Norwich to how he performed at Parkhead. Overall, Pukki could only manage to make 38 appearances for us and score nine goals (Transfermarkt).
How we could be using a player of his quality these days. It shows just how quickly football can turn. Whilst Pukki is reportedly attracting interest from the likes of Man Utd, Stokes had faded away into obscurity.
It’s not just Pukki’s goals that have shot him to fame, however. Since leaving Parkhead, he’s looking a lot stronger with his hold-up play than he did in Scotland. His strength, movement, and even his pace has thrown him into the spotlight he’s currently in.
There should never be any regrets with Pukki, however. Celtic couldn’t foresee the player he was going to turn into four or five years down the line. During his time at Parkhead, you would’ve struggled to find many supporters who thought he had what it took to make it.
It’s just one of those freak situations that happens. You always can’t help but have a chuckle when you see him bury against the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, or Arsenal respectively. A player who struggled to look decent against the likes of St Johnstone too.
Oh how things would be so different if Pukki was at Parkhead now. Fair play to him for making such a success of his career since leaving.