Norwich City chief admits luck at beating Leeds United to bargain £1.5m signing Emiliano Buendia

Emiliano Buendia of Norwich City crosses the ball at The New York Stadium on March 16, 2019 in Rotherham, England.

Norwich City signed Emiliano Buendia last summer ahead of Leeds United.

Emi Buendia of Norwich City celebrates his opening goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Norwich City and Brentford at Carrow Road stadium on October 27, 2018 in Norwich,...

Norwich City sporting director Stuart Webber says the club were lucky to sign Emiliano Buendia last summer ahead of Leeds United who had links to the talented Argentine, The Telegraph report.

“Buendia is a success story for the whole scouting department, starting with the guys in data who first flagged him up for high statistics in a really underperforming team,” Webber explained.

“Kieran Scott [head of recruitment] then went to watch him, came back and said he was unbelievable. We literally found him from nowhere. The most interesting part of it is that Buendia was on loan at Cultural Leonesa, who are owned by Leeds. Luckily we got in there under Leeds’ noses.”

 

Buendia arrived at Norwich from Getafe for a bargain £1.5 million fee as illustrated by The Telegraph.

The 22-year-old attacker arrived as an unknown but he has since taken the Championship by storm. In 32 league starts, Buendia has posted an impressive eight goals and 11 assists.

His success at Carrow Road has been ironic for Leeds, as it just happens that Norwich and the Whites are in battle for automatic promotion with the Canaries four points ahead at the top with four games remaining.

Emi Buendia of Norwich celebrates scoring to make it 2-0 during the Sky Bet Championship match between Norwich City and Hull City at Carrow Road on March 13, 2019 in Norwich, England.

Put Buendia in Leeds’ side and the positions of both teams could be much different as we head into the crucial Easter weekend which could have a deciding factor in the race for promotion to the Premier League.

Aside from his performances this season, Buendia has so much potential. For a £1.5m fee, he has been a steal for Daniel Farke’s side who sold a similarly talented player in James Maddison for £20 million last summer.

Emi Buendia of Norwich City and Chris Mepham of Brentford compete for the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Norwich City and Brentford at Carrow Road stadium on October 27,...

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