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FPL promoted picks: Time for another Pukki party?

10 Jun 2021
Teemu Pukki, Norwich

The Scout reckons Finn’s eye for goal will make him a popular early pick for managers in Fantasy

The Scout looks at the Fantasy Premier League prospects of the three promoted sides in defence and attack.

Norwich City

Teemu Pukki enjoyed a hugely successful 2020/21 season for the Championship winners. 

Playing as a lone striker in a 4-2-3-1 set-up, the Finn was involved in 30 of his side’s 75 league goals.

He scored 26 and assisted a further four in 41 appearances.

All of Pukki's 2020/21 goals

The underlying numbers show Pukki was Norwich’s main goal threat last term.

His total of 137 shots was more than any team-mate and ranked second in the Championship.

Furthermore, the forward’s 114 shots inside the penalty area were more than double any other Norwich player. 

Pukki’s status as the go-to star from the Canaries' attacking players has only been enhanced after playmaker Emiliano Buendia agreed a move to Aston Villa.

The Argentinian produced 16 goals and 15 assists last season, also creating a team-leading 122 chances. 

Midfield alternative

Todd Cantwell could now emerge as Norwich’s standout midfielder in Fantasy.

The 23-year-old managed six goals and six assists last season, despite being limited to 30 starts due to injury.

Encouragingly, Cantwell was far more productive than Buendia in terms of goal threat in Norwich’s last Premier League campaign in 2019/20.

He bettered Buendia by six goals to one and had more than double the number of shots in the box, by 31 to 14.

That lifts the appeal of Cantwell as a budget midfielder for managers looking to play a 3-5-2 formation.

Nonetheless, Pukki is bound to attract the most attention in Fantasy due to his considerable goal threat, particularly if Norwich are handed a favourable early schedule.

Also in this series

Part 1: Aarons shows all-round promise
Part 3: Start Watford defence at home
Part 4: Sarr flying high for Watford
Part 5: Pinnock can provide value
Part 6: Toney can be this season’s Bamford

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