Our view: Leeds not signing Buendia looking even more foolish

Emiliano Buendia of Norwich City battles for possession with Bernardo Silva of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Norwich City and Manchester City at Carrow Road on...

Leeds United missed out on Norwich City playmaker Emiliano Buendia.

Emiliano Buendia of Norwich City battles for possession with Bernardo Silva of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Norwich City and Manchester City at Carrow Road on...

Every club has its fair share of hits and misses in the transfer market, and near misses that can go either way with the benefit of time.

One of the main ones with Leeds United over the last couple of years has been surrounding Norwich City talent Emiliano Buendia, who looked to be close to Leeds during his time in Spain.

Buendia, 22, was on loan with Cultural Leonesa during the 2017-18 campaign, and as Leeds had strong ties with the Spanish side, a move to Elland Road was expected.

 

La Nueva Cronica reported in January 2018 that Leeds wanted Buendia, but just months later, he joined Championship rivals Norwich City instead, and helped fire them to promotion last season with eight goals and 12 assists.

Leeds will have been gutted to see him thrive at Carrow Road, but he has been facing a big step up to the Premier League; one which other Championship stars have struggled with in the past, such as Adel Taarabt, Tom Cairney and Tom Ince.

However, Buendia is looking right at home in the Premier League, and making Leeds look even more foolish for not signing a player right under their nose early last year.

Only three Premier League players have created more chances than Buendia, with Kevin De Bruyne, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Gylfi Sigurdsson recording more than Buendia's 20, whilst the Argentinian has four assists too.

Emi Buendia of Norwich City during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Norwich City at Anfield on August 9, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Buendia has been superb so far, providing the ammunition for Teemu Pukki in the final third, and he will surely be attracting major interest from some of the Premier League big boys off the back of his displays for the Canaries.

Buendia looks set to go down as one that got away for Leeds, with even Norwich sporting director Stuart Webber telling The Telegraph that Norwich were lucky to get Buendia signed up before Leeds made their move.

Maybe Leeds will have another shot at Buendia in the future, but for now, it looks like they will live to regret their decision not to sign him after that partnership with Cultural Leonesa.

Emiliano Buendia of Norwich during the Premier League match between Norwich City and Aston Villa at Carrow Road on October 5, 2019 in Norwich, United Kingdom.

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