Leeds eyeing up “special” £7.2m-rated star likened to Lewandowski, he once annihilated Jansson


Leeds United are been quite active in the transfer market this summer as they prepare for the first Premier League campaign in over 16 years and it appears business isn’t complete just yet.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side have won two from three and sit inside the top seven in the division, and now the Yorkshire giants have been linked with a move for one of last season’s relegated stars.

According to the Press Association’s Nick Mashiter, Leeds have been keen on signing Norwich City striker Teemu Pukki throughout the window, but the Finnish talisman is poised to remain at Carrow Road – at least until January.

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Teemu Pukki

Teemu Pukki

The likes of Aston Villa, Wolves, West Brom and Sheffield United, who the Whites defeated earlier today have all also been courted with interest.

He would certainly be an interesting option to have alongside Patrick Bamford and Rodrigo, especially as he’s in the mould of a typical Bielsa striker.

Last season, Pukki bagged 11 goals and averaged 2.2 shots, 0.8 key passes and 0.7 dribbles per game, via WhoScored.

It’s the 30-year-old’s presence on the ground rather than the air (0.1 aerials won each match last season) that would have made him a decent prospect at Elland Road.

His Canaries teammate Marco Stiepermann has previously given him one huge endorsement by comparing him to Robert Lewandowski, he said: “He’s really a goal scorer and he’s doing fantastic. I played together with Robert Lewandowski, and I really have this feeling [Pukki] is much colder in the 18-yard box than Lewandowski. Of course, we don’t have to speak about [Lewandowski] because he is a world class player, but Teemu Pukki is special.”

Whilst his manager Daniel Farke has lauded his work rate, not only describing him the best striker in the Championship over 18 months ago, but also claiming that “His goals come at key moments but his workload for the team against the ball was outstanding.”

Bielsa got a taste of that himself in February 2019 when Pukki bagged during a 3-1 victory at Elland Road. The veteran absolutely bullied Pontus Jansson as the former Leeds man was dribbled past twice, lost possession nine times and won just seven of 15 duels, per SofaScore.

Transfermarkt value the Finland international at just £7.2m, so if United were to follow up with their interest, they could well land themselves quite the bargain. He’s tried and tested at this level after all.

AND in other news, Leeds workhorse epitomised Bielsa’s relentlessness during Blades win…

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