Can Teemu Pukki Buck The Trend Of Recent Championship Top Goalscorers?

The Finn hit 29 goals in the Championship last season
09:10, 09 Aug 2019

Norwich City are back in Premier League action tonight and they will be relying on their Finnish striker Teemu Pukki to score the goals to stave off relegation. 

Last season, after joining the Canaries on a free transfer, he became the main man relatively quickly and scored a whopping 29 goals during the campaign to secure Norwich the Championship title.

With that impressive goal haul, Pukki also took the Championship Golden Boot award and was the top scorer in the entire Football League - an impressive achievement for somebody brought in for free at the start of the season. However, the Golden Boot has not always been a charm for recent winners, with several of them struggling to make their mark in the top flight. We take a look back at the recent winners of this award and how they got on after their success.

Matej Vydra (2017-18)

21 goals across 46 games was all it took for Derby County’s Matej Vydra to win the Golden Boot as Derby finished sixth and lost in the play-offs. Although the Rams didn’t make it into the Premier League, Vydra did get his Premier League move to the top flight with Burnley, but he scored just one goal in 13 appearances last season. 

Now it seems like his playing time will be limited once again as Chris Wood, Sam Vokes and Jay Rodriguez all lie ahead of him in the pecking order.

Chris Wood (2016-17)

The season that Newcastle, Brighton and Huddersfield got promoted, the top scorer actually came from Leeds United, as Chris Wood fired in 27 goals. The following season he also made the move to Burnley in the Premier League and has actually done pretty well for himself, being their number one striker over the past two years.

He has hit ten goals in each of the past two seasons and will look to better that figure this season. Decent.

Andre Gray (2015-16)

25 goals were enough for Andre Gray to pick up the Golden Boot in 2016 as he fired Burnley to the title with 93 points and 72 goals. 

He was their main man in the Premier League the following season, scoring nine times to keep them in the division at the first attempt. 

That summer he was sold to Watford and although he has not set the league alight with his performances he has been a good option for several Hornets managers. 

Daryl Murphy (2014-15)

It’s five seasons since Murphy fired home 27 goals in 44 appearances for Ipswich as he helped them reach the play-offs. A defeat to East Anglian rivals Norwich prevented them from securing promotion and the Irishman would never hit those goalscoring heights again. The following season he scored ten, before playing a bit-part in Newcastle’s promotion season. 

Nottingham Forest then took a punt on him but that hasn’t worked out as expected with just eleven league goals from 55 appearances. Now aged 36, his best days are certainly behind him.

Ross McCormack (2013-14)

Another Leeds man, Ross McCormack is potentially the worst example of wasted potential on this list. 28 goals secured him the Golden Boot. He got his move to Fulham and did well there, scoring 17 and 21 goals across two seasons in London.

His move to Aston Villa could not have gone worse. He scored just three goals and was loaned out across the globe, to Nottingham Forest, Melbourne City, Central Coast Mariners and even Motherwell. His fall from grace has been dramatic and he is currently without a club.

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