Teemu Pukki and another supremely talented generation of Norwich City players may just be getting started after overcoming Aston Villa to win the Championship on Sunday.
While the 29-year-old player of the Championship is the poster boy for the new crop of talent, the make-up of the squad suggests the Canaries can dominate for years in their home pitch.
Teemu Pukki, who cost Norwich City nothing, played for 90-minutes in the final game, while other goal-scorers, Mario Vrancic in the final game, are in their prime.
In scoring his last goal of the tournament and Norwich City’s first, of a 2-1 win in the final game, Pukki became the hot player to score 29 goals in one of the English football’s biggest league.
At the end of a day when it so often seemed like anything could happen in the promotion race, there was an excellent feeling that engulfed all the Championship teams – Derby County won the final place of Play-off.
Head coach Frank Lampard would love his players to replicate the intense pressure they put WBA under for a 45-minute over the whole of their high-octane final clash with the Baggies on Sunday.
A thrilling first 45 minutes saw as many as 2 clubs for the lead into Play-off zone. Middlesbrough set the early tone with their splendid first-half double finish from Britt Assombalonga and John Obi Mikel.
After the break, the Rams’ players returned to goal-scoring form at the perfect moment for Lampard’s team although they conceded a 47-minutes goal in the early second-half, hitting the net twice in 3-1 victory over WBA that secured them a victory to be certain of a sixth-place finish.
A brave Middlesbrough may have fallen at the final hurdle in their quest for Championship Play-off, but their young players will still get to experience life with the elite by competing at a much-demanding second-tier competition.
And with County having opened a two-point gap over Lee Johnson’s team ahead the last match day against Hull City, the pressure was clearly on Johnson and his players to respond, which they did impressively despite Jackson Irvine’s opening goal. However, a controversy goal at 90-minute is enough to earn them a point.
Ipswich Town showed plenty of spirit in their 3-2 victory over Leeds United and proven they are still in the fight for the promotion in League One next season. The win kept them 24th, only a point behind Bolton Wanderers, and Paul Lambert should be proud of his team’s display which showed they were not suffering from a crisis of confidence.