Leeds United may have spent almost £100m since the end of last season, but their transfer spending may not be over yet.
Indeed, the Whites’ interest in Todd Cantwell has been highly-publicised over the past few weeks, and the Yorkshire club have apparently re-opened talks with Norwich over that move this week.
However, we can’t help but feel that United are after the wrong Norwich City player.
The Whites had previously been linked with Emi Buendia, and if we’re being honest, that seems like a signing that makes a lot more sense.
Now, we aren’t saying that Cantwell isn’t a fantastic player, but everything points towards Buendia being a better fit for Leeds.
The Argentine was one of the most potent chance creators in the division last season, ranking only behind Kevin De Bruyne, Jack Grealish and Trent Alexander-Arnold on that metric.
Some suspect finishing from his teammates, Cantwell included, saw him finish with just seven assists, and while that isn’t a bad total, his chances created numbers suggest it would’ve been a lot higher if not for his teammates’ failings.
Leeds will need a player like this eventually as Pablo Hernandez is closing in on his 36th birthday, and with Buendia able to play both down the right and through the middle, he could be Hernandez’s successor at Elland Road. to make things even better, he’s already proven in the Premier League.
Daniel Farke’s comments on him last season show just how talented he is, as the German was toying with the idea of describing him as world-class.
“When I think about his ability to assist, he is already there with seven. It is perhaps not world class on this level for a winger, but for our level it is top class and it is the best of all our players in these terms,” Farke said.
Leeds would be so much better off coughing up the cash for Buendia rather than meeting Norwich’s £20m asking price for Cantwell.