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Clinical star will ease the pressure on Teemu Pukki but he won’t solve all Norwich’s problems



Having secured the Championship title in style, Norwich boss Daniel Farke will have spent the past few weeks outlining which areas he needs to strengthen ahead of next season.

And, it appears that finding a new striker to compete with Teemu Pukki is a priority, with the Daily Mail reporting that Dwight Gayle is a target.

Bringing in a goalscorer is common for most newly-promoted clubs and you could argue it’s the toughest area to get right.

We have seen countless examples of players who thrive in the second-tier but just can’t replicate that ruthless form in the Premier League – with Gayle perhaps one of those.

The 28-year-old is lethal in the Championship, evident by the 24 goals he scored for West Brom in the season just finished, even though he was forced out wide for some of that campaign.

Prior to that, he has proven himself with Newcastle and Peterborough at that level but it’s a different story when he makes the next step. Gayle registered 15 goals in 64 games for Crystal Palace and 6 in 35 for Newcastle as a Premier League player.

In fairness, he will rightly say many of those appearances came as a substitute so that does look worse on the striker than it is.

Nevertheless, it shows that he isn’t proven at the top level and would therefore represent something of a risk for the Canaries.

That’s because there will also be some doubts about Pukki. Whilst many Norwich fans will disagree, given the Finland internationals had a remarkable season, he is another who has struggled at a high level, with Schalke and at Celtic where there is big expectancy.

So, whilst Gayle could do a job in helping Pukki score the goals to ensure Norwich can enjoy another season in the top-flight, a proven figure would be more welcome.

The Yellows squad doesn’t have much Premier League experience and we have seen how it can be an unforgiving league, which means recruitment in the next few months will be critical for the team, so Farke needs to be backed to find the right players to help his young, talented squad.

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