‘Given the chance in the Premier League, he will score’ – Legend backs Pukki to keep shining for City
Grant Holt knows what it takes to score goals in the Premier League – and is backing Teemu Pukki to continue his brilliant form in the top flight for Norwich City.
The Canaries legend scored 45 league goals in two seasons to spearhead back-to-back promotions from League One to the Premier League and then continued scoring in the top tier.
Holt's 15 goals in 2011-12 meant he was the top scoring Englishman behind Wayne Rooney in the top flight that season. The former striker now coaches part-time at City and is backing Pukki to continue scoring in a similar way, after winning the Championship golden boot with 29 goals.
"I look at his stats quite a lot with doing the forwards at Norwich, and every two shots on target he scores with one," said Holt. "When you've got that ratio, no matter what level you are, you're going to score goals. It'll be different from this year but he'll adapt. The Teemu Pukki I saw play at Brondby was a different player to what we saw here because he had to adapt his game.
"When you can do that, it shows you're a good footballer. He's in his prime, he knows what he is now, he knows he's going to be a centre-forward, he's the finished article, he's not going to change now so he knows what he's got to do.
"Given the chance in the Premier League, he will score, and the great thing about him is how hard he works. I don't think people ever give him the credit for how hard he works.
"When you step into the Premier League you've got to do both sides of the coin, you've got to work hard and then when you get your chances, put them away.
"That's why I was lucky, I worked really hard and when the chances came my way, I was on form to put them in."
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Holt was the talisman of the Paul Lambert era, winning Player of the Season three times, and has been reflecting on his time at City in recent months ahead of the launch of his autobiography.
"The thing you have to do, like everyone in the Premier League, is first of all work hard and secondly, take your chances when they come - because they are rare," he concluded. "It's not like the Championship, you don't get three or four, you get one or two and those massive moments can change games."