Should City consider selling Oliveira following new striker signing?
PUBLISHED: 11:41 02 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:16 02 July 2018
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Would you consider selling Nelson Oliveira following Norwich City’s signing of striker Teemu Pukki?
The Portugal international has been the focus of Canaries conversations ever since Pukki was announced on Saturday lunchtime, with Oliveira’s future at City already thought to be in doubt.
The 28-year-old free signing from Brondby is a Finland international and looks set to add more of a poacher’s presence to head coach Daniel Farke’s forward department.
Pukki is expected to compete for a place with January signing Dennis Srbeny – with another striker signing likely to follow – but Oliveira’s form last season means a fresh start for the former Benfica man could well be on the cards.
The 26-year-old made a flying start to the campaign, coming off the bench to score an equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Fulham on the opening day – only to take off his shirt and aggressively hold it in Farke’s direction in apparent protest at not starting the game.
The former Nottingham Forest loanee went on to make it six goals from his opening 10 games, including one for Portugal in a World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands and an extra-time equaliser against Hull at Carrow Road.
However, just three further goals followed as the striker’s aim went wayward, with one being a penalty and the other a long-range late equaliser at leaders Wolves which owed a lot to an error from keeper John Ruddy.
He also missed a penalty during the 1-1 draw at Derby in February and his shots became increasingly erratic amid the desperation to improve a record of one goal in 22 games for the latter stages of the season.
A total of eight goals in 40 games was a disappointing return for a forward who had shown great promise with 12 goals in 30 games during his first season with the Canaries.
That was despite averaging the most shots in the Championship, of 3.2 per game, averaging one on target per game, according to WhoScored.com.
The stats boffins recorded Oliveira as having scored his eight goals in 37 league game from 120 attempts – the equivalent of 15 shots per goal.
Swansea reportedly bid £12million for the City striker last August, when they were still a Premier League club, but re-signed Wilfried Bony from Manchester City for that fee on deadline day in the end.
Although Oliveira is under contract until 2020, he is thought to be one of the highest earners in the Norwich squad and attracting a similar sized bid would seem unlikely.
• Would you sell the Portuguese striker? Cast your vote in the poll above