Norwich should simply block any exit for 23-year-old ace amidst €15m La Liga links


Why Norwich City should keep hold of Emiliano Buendia

As per Eastern Daily Press, Atletico Madrid are interested in signing Norwich City star Emiliano Buendia in the summer in a €15m deal.

Buendia, 23, came through the ranks of Getafe’s youth system in Spain and was sent on loan to Cultural Leonesa on loan where he delivered at the right time with 7 goals and 12 assists. He was immediately signed by the Canaries in the summer of 2018 and since then, he has been an integral member of Daniel Farke’s squad.

Emiliano Buendia is one of the most reliable players for Norwich City (Getty Images)
Emiliano Buendia is one of the most reliable players for Norwich City (Getty Images)

With 8 goals and 12 assists, the Argentine was one of the driving forces in Norwich’s promotion to the top-flight. He has been instrumental in the last two years and thus, the club should keep hold of him at any cost.

Farke’s men have been inconsistent throughout the campaign, except for a few in the likes of star striker Teemu Pukki, midfielder Todd Cantwell and the former Getafe man. With just 5 wins out of their 29 league games, Norwich are bottom-placed in the table and are at the risk of returning to the Championship.

However, regardless of their league status, the manager should look to bring reinforcements to the squad if they wish to do better next season. One of the chief reasons for their failure is the lack of goals.

Norwich City boss Daniel Farke (Getty Images)
Norwich City boss Daniel Farke (Getty Images)

The attacking unit has failed to deliver at the right moment. Pukki has been their leader up front, grabbing 11 out of the 25 goals they have scored and Buendia has 7 assists to his name, making him the club’s highest assist provider.

While bringing changes to the squad, the manager should make sure he keeps hold of Buendia, who is one of the most reliable players in the squad. He has performed well despite the team’s poor record and is in the form of his life.

Norwich have only two established wingers in Onel Hernandez and Buendia in their ranks. And if anyone leaves, it would get difficult for the club to find a replacement in the summer, especially with on-going pandemic issues bringing a change in the system.

Emiliano Buendia (L) in action against Tottenham (Getty Images)
Emiliano Buendia (L) in action against Tottenham (Getty Images)

The former Argentine U20 international is just 23 and has a huge future ahead. He has the ability to succeed at a higher level, given his performance in the last three seasons. Thus, keeping hold of Buendia could help them next campaign.

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The Canaries have to keep their best players and Buendia is one of them. He can be a crucial player for them next season and his departure would leave the club with limited options. Thus, they must avoid any temptation from Atletico Madrid and hold on to the Argentine.