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Bolton boss Phil Parkinson hails Teemu Pukki as the 'best striker in the Championship'

Teemu Pukki (centre) has been on fire for Norwich City this season. Credit: PA

Bolton Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson hailed Norwich City's Teemu Pukki as "the best striker in the Championship" after the Finnish forward scored twice against his team on Saturday.

Pukki's brace in a 4-0 victory for the Canaries took his tally for the season to 23 league goals - making him the top scorer in all of England's top four divisions.

Eight of those goals have come in Pukki's last six appearances, cementing his reputation as one of the signings of the season after joining the Canaries on a free transfer from Danish club Brøndby in the summer.

After the final whistle in Bolton, former Colchester United boss Parkinson was full of praise for both Pukki and Norwich.

Pukki chips Bolton goalkeeper Teemu Pukki for his second goal of the afternoon. Credit: PA

"When you have a goalscorer of that quality you have got a great chance. He is the best in the division," Parkinson said.

"We got beat by a very good side today. They were right at the top of their game, but we can do much better.

“Some of their goals and approach play were out of the Premier League calibre, not top of the Championship."

Top scorers in England

  • Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) - 23 goals
  • Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) - 22 goals
  • James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) - 20 goals
  • Tammy Abraham (Aston Villa) - 20 goals

Norwich Head Coach Daniel Farke was equally as glowing in his assessment of Pukki's performance, but was even more pleased with his team's display as a whole.

“It was a sign today of why Teemu is so important,” said Farke.

“Of course his goals were crucial but also how he works for the team in terms of pressing and how he assisted for the second goal was for me a world-class assist.

“I think all the goals were pretty nice pieces of football and for that it was a really nice afternoon for us."