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The Pukki party arrives in the Premier League! Teemu Pukki's record-breaking day

Teemu Pukki celebrates scoring his hat-trick. Credit: PA

It's fair to say that Teemu Pukki's career at Norwich City has been nothing short of a fairytale so far, and his story hit new heights on Saturday.

The Finnish forward bagged a Premier League hat-trick against Newcastle United in only his second game in the competition to continue to prove the doubters wrong.

Signed on a free transfer last summer, Pukki has been sensational for the Canaries - hitting 29 league goals in his debut season and helping Norwich win the Championship.

He's carried on that form at a higher level, despite many experts suggesting that he wouldn't be able to make the step up, and is currently the joint top-scorer in the Premier League.

Here are the numbers behind Pukki's dream day against the Toon at Carrow Road....

  • First Norwich City player to score a Premier League hat-trick in 26 years
Efan Ekoku (left) was the last Norwich player to score a Premier League hat-trick. Credit: PA

Top flight hat-tricks have been few and far between for Norwich City, especially in the Premier League era.

In fact, you have to go back to September 1993 for the last time a Canaries player achieved the feat when Efan Ekoku ran riot in a 5-1 victory at Everton.

However, that 26-year wait for another treble is now over following Pukki's match-winning display against Newcastle at Carrow Road on Saturday.

It was also Pukki's first hat-trick for the club, although he did score twice on multiple occasions last season as Norwich lifted the Championship title.

  • Joint top of the Premier League goalscoring charts
Teemu Pukki (left) and Raheem Sterling (right) top the early season goalscoring chart. Credit: PA

Granted, the season is only two games old, but Norwich fans will still love seeing the name 'Teemu Pukki' at the top of the Premier League goalscoring charts.

The Finn's four goals so far puts him level with Manchester City's Raheem Sterling, while Burnley's Ashley Barnes is one goal behind on three.

Whether Pukki can still be in contention for the Golden Boot come the end of the campaign is a big ask, but if he can continue to find the back of the net at regular intervals, the Canaries will have a great chance of survival.

  • First player to score four goals in his first two Premier League games
Pukki wheels away in celebration after scoring his first goal of the afternoon against Newcastle United. Credit: PA

Remarkably, Pukki is the first player in the history of the Premier League to score as many as four goals in his opening two games in the competition.

That means that not even the likes of Thierry Henry, Ruud van Nistelrooy etc have made such an instant impact in the division.

Of course, the above players went on to have phenomenal careers in the top flight, but for now at least, Pukki can revel in writing his own little chapter in the Premier League record books.

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  • Second Finnish player to score a Premier League hat-trick
Mikael Forssell scored a hat-trick for Birmingham City against Tottenham in 2008. Credit: PA

If there's one group of fans who love Teemu Pukki even more than Norwich City fans, it's Finland supporters.

Pukki is a national hero in his homeland and is one of their top-scorers of all-time.

Their second-highest scorer is former Chelsea striker Mikael Forssell, and he's the only other Finnish player to score a Premier League hat-trick (for Birmingham City against Tottenham Hotspur in 2008).

  • Most goals in English football since June 2018
Pukki fires in a shot against Newcastle United. Credit: PA

Pukki's latest three strikes mean that no player has scored more goals in English football since he joined the Canaries from Br√łndby IF in June 2018.

He's now scored an incredible 34 goals in just 48 appearances in all competitions for the club - a ratio of a goal every 121 minutes he's on the pitch.

The hat-trick against Newcastle also took him two league goals clear of Ipswich Town striker James Norwood who has scored 31 goals in the same period, the vast majority coming during his time at Tranmere Rovers.