Chris Sutton praises Norwich for 'pinching' Emiliano Buendia from Leeds

14th February 2019, Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland; UEFA Europa League football, Celtic versus Valencia; Ex Celtic striker Chris Sutton arrives to commentate for BT Sports

Norwich City signed Emiliano Buendia last summer, when many thought he'd be heading to Leeds.

14th February 2019, Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland; UEFA Europa League football, Celtic versus Valencia; Ex Celtic striker Chris Sutton arrives to commentate for BT Sports

Pundit Chris Sutton has told BBC Radio Five Live (2:20:40) that he thinks Norwich City's Emiliano Buendia has been a 'revelation' this season – and celebrated pipping Leeds United to his signature.

Norwich may have drawn four games in a row, but are still in the box seat to win the Championship title and subsequent promotion back to the Premier League.

The Canaries have shown incredible progress under boss Daniel Farke and sporting director Stuart Webber, with a host of signings proving to be masterstrokes.

 

Christoph Zimmermann, Mario Vrancic, Marco Stiepermann, Teemu Pukki and Onel Hernandez are just some of the players to have been brought in – but Buendia has really excelled this season.

The 22-year-old Argentinian has racked up eight goals and 11 assists this season, becoming one of the Championship's finest players in his first season in England.

Buendia is technically-gifted and creative, racking up 83 key passes this season, which puts him fifth in that category in the Championship this term.

Emiliano Buendia of Norwich City during the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke City and Norwich City at Bet365 Stadium on April 22, 2019 in Stoke on Trent, England.

What's staggering is that Buendia was on loan from Getafe at Cultural Leonesa, a club with strong ties to Norwich's promotion rivals Leeds United, but the Canaries somehow nipped in to get Buendia before the Whites – and Webber recently told The Telegraph that Norwich were 'lucky' to have done a deal before Leeds could.

Now, former Norwich striker and current pundit Sutton has celebrated beating Leeds to Buendia's signature, praising the Canaries for 'pinching' him from the Whites whilst praising him as a 'revelation' this season.

“Buendia, a player who I think was playing in the Spanish second tier at a club owned by Leeds,” said Sutton. “Leeds had first shout on him, and Norwich end up pinching him - he’s been a revelation!” he added.

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,...

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