Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, former Championship midfielder David Norris believes Aston Villa spending £40m on Emiliano Buendia is a gamble.
Villa saw off competition from Arsenal to sign Buendia from Norwich City in a deal that is worth up to £40m, according to the MailOnline.
The Argentine was brilliant last season as Norwich went on to win the Championship title and promotion to the Premier League. He was absolutely devastating in attack, scoring 15 goals and racking up 16 assists for the Canaries.
With the Premier League being a different ball game, though, Norris thinks a club paying £40m for Buendia is quite a gamble.
“I mean, even though the figures are crazy these days, you still probably want a little bit of a guarantee that at least they’ve been there and done it and proven that he can [do it] in that league,” the ex-Leeds United player said.
“It’s still a big jump from Championship to Premier League, so 40 million for me, it’s a bit of a gamble I probably wouldn’t want to risk.”
It is a big decision by Dean Smith, but the Villa manager can obviously take confidence from the signing of Ollie Watkins.
Watkins joined the Villans from Brentford for big money in the last summer transfer window and had no trouble making that step up from the Championship to the Premier League. The England international scored 14 goals in 37 games, proving to be money well spent.