2020/21’s Championship Player of the Season is a man in-demand as Emi Buendia’s future at Norwich City remains up in the air.
The 24-year-old lit up the second tier this year with scintillating performances, scoring 15 goals and assisting 16 more on his way to helping the Canaries to the Championship title.
That came after mid-season reports linked the attacking midfielder with a huge move to Arsenal, the Gunners heavily linked with his signature in January but a move never transpired with the London club apparently pulling out of any potential move.
Buendia showed no signs of slowing down though in the second half of the Championship campaign and after helping them secure an immediate return to the top flight, the man who has been recently given his first Argentina call-up is expecting to depart for pastures new this summer, per The Athletic.
Among his suitors include Arsenal once again, Aston Villa but also Tottenham Hotspur, who Sky Sports believe are monitoring his situation.
Would Buendia be a good fit for Spurs though?
Can you name the Norwich City player who has been carded the most in each of the last 16 seasons?
Well there could be a gap opening up on Buendia’s most effective position of the right flank as Gareth Bale is set to head back to Real Madrid following the conclusion of his loan spell.
Bale ended up scoring 16 times in 34 outings in all competitions – an admirable record – but the wages he is on at Real Madrid mean that it’s unlikely that he will be returning to north London unless a deal can be done to reduce his salary.
And in Buendia they wouldn’t be looking at a natural Bale replacement – the latter is a left footer who likes to cut in from the right whilst Buendia is a more direct kind of right-footed winger but he can still drift into the middle when he wants.
Buendia didn’t really have an effective season in 2019/20 when Norwich were relegated from the Premier League, scoring just once but he did assist seven goals – his end product has now come on leaps and bounds albeit in a division lower.
But you can tell when a player is a class above a whole league and that’s what Buendia has been – he’s got all the talents to play for a team in European competition and if Daniel Levy is going to spend some money this summer then the South American could be a really good fit.