Leeds United and Aston Villa are reportedly ‘vying’ to nab Norwich City playmaker Emi Buendia’s signature ahead of Friday’s 5pm deadline – as the Whites look to finally sign an attacking midfielder
The Daily Mail claim Leeds and Villa are both interested in raiding the east Anglian side before Friday even if Norwich can command a ‘huge’ fee – and here are three reasons why the Argentine ace would be ideal for Leeds.
Leeds still need an attacking midfielder. Michael Cuisance came close to joining only to fail a medical, while Rodrigo De Paul proved too expensive. Rangers – as confirmed by Victor Orta – did not want to sell Ryan Kent.
Buendia is likely to be open to leaving Norwich and while the Canaries have the South American ace tied down until the summer of 2024, a Premier League move will tempt him. He is the ideal addition, after failing to nab Cuisance.
Argentine, and perfect for Bielsa
Buendia is ideal for the Leeds boss. Yes, he shares the same nationality with the Leeds manager – but he is perfect for so many more seasons. Buendia can play in attacking midfield, he can sit deeper, or he could be used out wide.
Bielsa loves versatility, because he prefers a smaller squad. He would rather have 23 players that can play in different positions, rather 35 that all have their own position. Buendia would fit right at home with Leeds.
Proven Premier League assist machine
Prior to the Premier League season, Leeds had four players with Premier League experience. Adam Forshaw is injured, Helder Costa and Patrick Bamford had indifferent spells in England’s top tier – and of course Pablo Hernandez.
But last season, despite Norwich’s relegation, Buendia came out of it with pass marks. He created seven assists in 36 Premier League games, averaging an assist every five league games. He also scored once, making hima proven performer.