Aston Villa must make a move for Norwich City star Emiliano Buendia this summer amid Lee Hendrie’s transfer claim.
The Canaries look set for an immediate return to the Premier League, with Daniel Farke’s side currently top of the Championship and on course for automatic promotion.
Despite the prospect of Norwich making their way back up to the top flight, former Villa midfielder Hendrie has urged Dean Smith’s side to make a “big push” for Buendia.
Speaking exclusively to FFC, he said: “Buendia from Norwich, he’s one that I would certainly have a big push on. He’s creative and scores goals, he’s a player that I feel would be a fabulous addition to Aston Villa. So the two players out of the Championship (David Brooks and Buendia), they’re two I’d certainly have my eyes on.”
One of the big struggles for Villa this season has when Jack Grealish has been forced out of first team action through injury – in fact, the last six Premier League games he has missed have seen Smith’s side pick up just one win.
In Buendia, they could sign someone who is Premier League proven and could offer the same levels of creativity that their talisman brings to the table. His total number of chances created last season in the top flight ranked him fourth in the entire division, and this despite playing for a team who ended up getting relegated.
The £19.8m-rated ace has been dubbed a “revelation” by ex-Villa striker Chris Sutton, and the diminutive playmaker could offer the kind of creative spark and genius from which Villa could benefit, either when Grealish is in the team or out through injury.
When you compare his numbers to Ross Barkley, Villa would absolutely be getting an upgrade. Buendia has scored ten goals and provided 12 assists this season compared to the Villa man’s tally of three goals and one assist, while he also averages more shots, key passes and dribbles per game. The Argentine clearly has a better end product to his game, and is more involved in the attacking phases.
It’s exactly why Villa must be all over a deal for Buendia this summer.