Speaking to Norfolk Live, Dean Smith has claimed that his striker Teemu Pukki will be looking to add to his Premier League goals tally against Tottenham on Sunday.
Spurs visit Carrow Road knowing that a win would secure qualification for next season’s Champions League. A draw would also effectively guarantee them the same prize, as Antonio Conte’s side enter the encounter with a 15 goal advantage over rivals Arsenal on goal difference (Premier League).
Smith’s team currently lie in 20th position in the league and with relegation being confirmed after April’s loss to Aston Villa (ITV), Spurs will be hoping for a routine victory on the East coast.
However, with a final chance to send their fans home with something to smile about in what has been a woeful season, the Canaries will be looking to put on a show on Sunday afternoon.
After his team’s spirited draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend, Smith was full of praise for Pukki’s performance.
He said: “Pukki’s runs are brilliant. He gets chances because of his intelligence. He also travels with the ball really well and he puts defenders off balance.
“I think that’s eleven Premier League goals now this season and he will be eager to get more next week against Tottenham. He’s a fantastic forward for us.”
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With 26 wins and 16 losses in 58 games against Norwich (TransferMarkt), Spurs will be hoping for an uneventful win to end what has been an eventful season on a high. But speaking to CanariesTV, Pukki claims he and his teammates have other ideas.
The striker said: “That is our aim for the last game (to finish 19th). We want to win at home because it has been a while and we want to show a good performance on Sunday and get something out of the game.”
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Pukki has proven himself as a Premier League striker who will consistently deliver goals and assists. The Finnish hitman has racked up 11 goals and three assists for his struggling side in a dower campaign (TransferMarkt).
Spurs will have to ensure they stay focused and limit space for his intelligent runs. However, Conte’s men will be focusing on themselves and the damage they can cause Norwich at the other end.