“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.”
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.
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.
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