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Norwich boss Smith admits Pukki needs goalscoring support

Norwich City boss Dean Smith admits they need to ease the scoring pressure on Teemu Pukki.

Finland international Pukki has five goals this season with just three others – Mathias Normann, Andrew Omobamidele and Grant Hanley – netting in the Premier League.

Pukki's late goal at Newcastle rescued a 1-1 draw for the Canaries on Tuesday and he has now scored 71 times in just 139 games for the club.

“He needs help," said Smith ahead of facing Tottenham. “Looking at Teemu and speaking to him you wouldn't know he is carrying such a weight on his shoulders. He seems a real level-headed, laid-back guy who wants to work hard for the team.

“He's one who I knew was a good player but you don't realise how good a player until you actually work with him. His work-rate, the quality of his finishing, the quality of his runs and he sets the tempo at the top for us.

“I've been really pleased in what we've got. He is setting a standard for the others to follow. But we know we can't be over-reliant on just one goalscorer in the team. We need goals from other areas.

“We've spoken about it, that's why the importance of set-pieces also comes into play. If we can be a little bit more creative in those areas then we will get goals from other players.

“What helps is he's had the experience of playing in the Premier League. He's got the experience of another season in the Championship, where he's done really well, and he understands his own body. We help him along the way."


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