The goalscorers with the quickest starts to their Premier League careers.
Norwich City’s shock 3-2 victory over Manchester City will go down as one of the biggest results of the season, but it was also notable for one other thing: Teemu Pukki scored his sixth goal of the campaign, putting him in the top five of the list of players with the most goals in their first five Premier League games.
Like a top-class sprinter, he has been fast out of the traps, as have these strikers in the past 27 years of the English top flight.
Top six strikers with the most goals in their first five Premier League games:
=5. Teemu Pukki – 6 goals – 2019/20
Not much was expected of Norwich City upon their promotion to the top flight, but they’ve impressed in the opening month of the season and much of that is down to the goalscoring exploits of Teemu Pukki.
The Finnish forward, who has scored six goals in five league appearances, opened his account with a well worked goal against Liverpool on opening night. It was a mere consolation in a 4-1 defeat, but a sign of things to come.
Pukki followed it up with a hat-trick against Newcastle United, before scoring against Chelsea and in the remarkable win over reigning champions Man City.
=5. Fabrizio Ravanelli – 6 goals – 1996/97
God only knows why Fabrizio Ravanelli chose to move to the north-east of England of all places, but we’re glad he did.
The Italian striker joined the Boro from Juventus for a cool £7m in the summer of 1996 after winning the Champions League. He made an instant impact, scoring a stunning hat-trick on the opening day against Liverpool.
The formidable forward’s goals helped the Riverside outfit advance to the finals of both the League Cup and FA Cup, which they lost, but could not stop the club from relegation.
=5. Jurgen Klinsmann – 6 goals – 1994/95
In one of the more surprising transfer dealings during the early Premier League years, World Cup winner Jurgen Klinsmann joined Tottenham Hotspur in 1994.
The German was considered to be one of the world’s best attackers, but he was disliked by the English press for his penchant for diving. He retaliated by scoring on debut against Sheffield Wednesday and diving to the ground dramatically.
Klinsmann soon won everyone over, especially through scoring lots of goals. He finished the season with 21 in 30 games, earning himself the FWA Player of the Year award at the end of the campaign before leaving Spurs for Bayern Munich.
2. Diego Costa – 7 goals – 2014/15
The Brazilian-born forward arrived at Stamford Bridge fresh from a historic La Liga triumph with Atletico Madrid the season beforehand, but had limped out of the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid with a hamstring injury. He also played poorly for Spain in that summer’s World Cup, yet he showed no ill effects of the injury when the new campaign started up.
Costa scored seven times in his first four league games for Chelsea, a Premier League record, winning the Player of the Month award for August 2014. He opened his account on debut against Burnley, following it up with a brace against Everton, a goal at home to Leicester City, and his first hat-trick for the club against Swansea City.
=1. Sergio Aguero – 8 goals – 2011/12
Where goalscoring records are concerned, Sergio Aguero is lurking. Since arriving at Eastlands in 2011, the Argentine has been an unstoppable machine in front of goal, scoring 237 times in 343 appearances in all competitions.
Aguero got off to an extremely quick start at Man City, finding the net just nine minutes into his debut against Swansea City after coming off the bench. He completed his brace in injury time of that game, capping off one of the most impressive debuts in recent times.
The former Atletico Madrid striker then blanked against Bolton Wanderers, before scoring against Tottenham Hotspur, grabbing a hat-trick (the first of his record-equalling 11) against Wigan Athletic, and another brace against Fulham. He’s barely slowed ever since.
=1. Micky Quinn – 8 goals – 1992/93
Bet you didn’t see that one coming, did you? The burly forward joined Coventry City in 1992, and got off to a red hot start in the inaugural Premier League season by scoring eight goals in the first month of action.
Quinn scored a brace against Man City, Southampton, Liverpool, and Aston Villa, becoming one of only seven players to score in their first four games. The Liverpudlian would go on to score ten goals in his first six appearances, and had found the net 17 times after six months at Highfield Road.
The moustachioed striker became a Sky Blues cult hero and remains in the record books to this day.