Norwich City ace Teemu Pukki shares training-ground story involving Marco Stiepermann

Teemu Pukki of Norwich City in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Norwich City at Hillsborough Stadium on November 03, 2018 in Sheffield, England.

Pukki joined the Canaries from Danish club Brondby last summer.

Teemu Pukki of Norwich City in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Norwich City at Hillsborough Stadium on November 03, 2018 in Sheffield, England.

When Finland striker Teemu Pukki joined Norwich City last summer, there was not a great deal of fanfare for him, but as the 2018-19 season edges into its business end, his exploits have made him one of the top marksmen in the Championship.

Ahead of Friday night's Championship meeting with Swansea City at Carrow Road, the 28-year-old has 24 goals and eight assists in 32 league games (Transfermarkt), which puts him top of the division's goalscoring charts, two ahead of Sheffield United's Billy Sharp.

 

Pukki's efforts have also helped Norwich up to top spot in the Championship, two points ahead of Leeds United with 11 games left, and victory over the Swans on Friday night would extend their lead at the summit, putting pressure on the chasing pack ahead of Saturday's main matchday.

However, it could have been very different as the Finn, who was previously at Danish club Brondby, admitted that he had major doubts about the prospect of playing in England's second tier because of its perceived reputation for long-ball football.

Teemu Pukki of Norwich City (L) and John Anthony Brooks of Wolfsburg battles for the ball during the pre-season friendly match between VfL Wolfsburg and Norwich City at August-Wenzel-...

"When I first heard about Norwich's interests my first thought was that it wasn't for me!" Pukki told Sky Sports News. "I still thought the English Championship was all long balls, but then I saw some clips of how we play and I had a talk with Stuart Webber and the boss and they made me realise that wasn't the case here."

Several months on, Pukki is loving life at Carrow Road and, after praising Daniel Farke's philosophy and man management,  revealed how one of his teammates carried out a task he had not seen anyone do before at a football club.

"It's one of the best dressing rooms I've been involved in," he added. "The new guys who come in are so welcome from the first day and there are some really funny guys here. Stiepi (Marco Stiepermann) had to clean the coach's car the other day and that's something I've never seen before!"

Teemu Pukki of Norwich City celebrates scoring his sides third goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Norwich City and Derby County at Carrow Road on December 29, 2018 in...

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