According to The Daily Mail, Aston Villa could bring in Norwich play-maker Emiliano Buendia before the transfer window closes on Friday.
Reports from The Telegraph a few weeks ago revealed that Dean Smith’s side were very much interested in luring the Argentine to Villa Park, and with the window to do deals between Premier League and EFL clubs not closing until Friday, it’s a move that remains a possibility.
Now, The Daily Mail have named both Villa and Leeds as potential suitors for Buendia, and that they could look to bring him in before the deadline.
Whilst Jack Grealish doesn’t seem to be appreciated as much at international level – he was once again left out of the starting line-up for England on Wednesday night – his importance to Villa remains unquestioned.
He is the club’s talisman, and his start to the new Premier League season has already shown how much of a quality player Villa have on their hands – he’s picked up three goals and three assists in his first three league games.
But whilst Smith will be confident Grealish will continue to step up over the course of the season, it’s a massive burden to keep asking him to be one of the side’s chief goal-scorers and creators.
Bringing in someone like Buendia – whose total of 86 chances last season were only bettered by Grealish, Kevin De Bruyne and Trent Alexander-Arnold – would go some way to solving that.
Described as a “revelation” by Chris Sutton, the Argentinian would add some extra flair and creativity to Villa’s attack. It would offer the side another dimension, and help ease the pressure on Grealish to create.
It’s no wonder one of Buendia’s former managers, Ruben de la Barrera, hailed him as someone who fits the profile of a “game-changing player“. If it came down to a move for Josh King or the Norwich man, then it’s the latter who Villa should target.
And in other news, Villa should have signed this man instead of Ollie Watkins.