Norwich City season ticket holder and former overall Sky Sports Fantasy Football winner Dan Cox discusses all things Norwich and Pukki
Yes, I’m a Norwich fan, but I’m a realist. I hope we stay up. I think we might. Last Friday’s defeat to Liverpool had many saying we would be heading straight back down. Yes, 4-1 is bad. But I think we showed we had enough attacking wise to stand our ground. Pukki scored and I thought we had some great chances, not enough to beat Liverpool but I thought we would be able to give a few teams a shock.
I’d written a tips article for Sky about Norwich highlighting three players – they never published it, which is a shame. Here is what I wrote about Teemu Pukki, Emi Buendia and Max Aarons.
Norwich City Scouting
After winning the SkyBet Championship, Norwich City have secured a return to the Premier League after a two year absence.
What it now means is that we have a new squad of players to study and assess ahead of the new season of Sky Sports Fantasy Football.
Norwich City season ticket holder and former Sky Sports Champion Dan Cox assesses their star performers. And highlights three players that may deserve your attention. And whether you should be looking to invest some of your precious Sky Sports Fantasy Football budget in one of Daniel Farke’s men.
Starting with the focal point of the team – Teemu Pukki. The Finnish international netted 29 times to help Norwich City win the SkyBet Championship. And it’s not just his goal scoring that stands out, Pukki also has nine assists so has been directly involved in 38 goals.
The EFL player of the season has been pivotal in firing Norwich back to the Premier League and should lead the line for the Canaries next season.
If you convert his stats this season into Sky Sports Fantasy Football points he would be on 258 from 29 goals, nine assists and 43 starts. And that doesn’t include any potential MOTM points. Now I know that those figures won’t be replicated in the Premier League but even if he can score even a third of those goals then he will be a really good value for money pick.
The Norwich striker has previously played for Schalke and Celtic and has over 70 caps for Finland, so he’s experienced at playing at the top level. Just incase you have doubts about his ability in the Premier League. Pukki has also averaged over three shots per game – so again if he can manage that on occasions in the Premier League he’ll be picking up tier one shots bonus and more all important fantasy points.
Another attacking asset that is worth considering is Emiliano Buendia. The Argentinian has also had a fantastic season after signing from Getafe for just 1.5m last summer. With eight goals and 12 assists he’s been instrumental in Norwich’s promotion campaign. Again I think he could be a really good value for money pick. Buendia was on Real Madrid’s books from the age of 13 before moving to Getafe so he’s obviously got some talent to be signed up by the Los Blancos academy at such an age.
Looking towards the defence and Max Aarons’ is another player worthy of consideration. The 19 year old right back has two goals, six assists and has been a regular fixture in Daniel Farke’s side. His assist tally just highlights that as well as being a great defender, he is really dynamic going forward and can deliver points at both ends of the pitch.
The defender has experienced a great first season in professional football having only made his first team debut in August. Aaron’s didn’t feature in the first five games but after securing a starting XI spot he then played every one of the remaining 41 games.
Aaron’s was named in the SkyBet Championship team of the season, and also won the EFL young player of the year award to cap off a fantastic debut season.
I’m hoping that Norwich can survive a season back in the top flight, and whilst I’m not expecting a season like Wolves had after their promotion last season by pushing for a Europa League spot. I would like to think that Norwich can surprise a few – with the likes of Pukki, Buendia and Aaron’s chipping in with a few goals and assists to make them good fantasy options for your team.
No Pukki, No Party
Despite writing this, on the 6th of June – I still avoided any Norwich players. Mainly as I didn’t want to jinx them. Am I regretting that? Yes, Pukki with four goals in two games, including a hat-trick against Newcastle – gutted! The worst thing is being a Norwich fan I have so many people asking me if I have Pukki, just as they presume that naturally, I would. Well, he’s certainly on the watchlist for the overhaul. To be honest he’s mugged me off a bit.
So what I’m basically saying is that yes, Pukki is an option. But I won’t be bringing him in now until the Overhaul. I think you have to accept the missed points already and make a plan to have him from the Overhaul. There is no point in chasing last week’s points. But the Finnish international has shown that he is more than capable of finding the net at the top level.
Plus everyone who plays FPL is either transferring him in now, or having him in a wildcard team – so let’s go with the majority and we can see more of that Pukki Party GIF on Twitter that will make your eyes hurt.
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