Emi Buendia – Winger
Here he is! The talk of the town.
Bundled in together with the Dominik Szoboszlai talk, the Argentinian was considered as the more suitable option of the two given his experience of English football. Getting up to speed with the pace and physicality of the Premier League can take certain players months.
Emi Buendia knows the division all too well, having seen his Norwich side get slapped about repeatedly throughout the 2019/20 season. Since relegated, he’s shown that he’s a class above the sides in the second tier, netting six goals and registering seven assists across 18 outings.
In terms of a creative outlet, it’s been mentioned enough how he created less chances than only Kevin De Bruyne and Trent Alexander-Arnold in the Premier League last season, although he played exclusively as a right-winger.
He is given license to drift infield and form triangles with overlapping full-backs, an area where his positive approach can flourish, while equally he can drop off and run at defenders with his fine technical ability on the move.
Talented, indeed, but who does he replace in the forward line? At this moment, few supporters would have Buendia in the side over Bukayo Saka or Gabriel Martinelli. There is always space for movement, though.