Norwich and Troyes have probably never faced each other, but they have one thing in common. They love to climb from the first to the second division. Since 2012, the French club has been shown three times in the elite (soon 4 since ESTAC is the current leader of Ligue 2) for as many downhill. It’s the same for Norwich. Having moved downstairs in 2013, 2016 and 2020, the Canaries return to the Premier League quickly. This is still the case this year since they validated their accession a few weeks ago and are already champions, like two years ago. A man illustrates this great season, Emiliano Buendia, crowned best player in the championship.
.@ EM10Buendia, take a bow! ⭐️
– EFL (@EFL) April 29, 2021
The Argentine is far from being a stranger in England. During the first part of last season, he was one of the best assists in the championship, being especially decisive against the big teams. An excellent set-piece shooter, he already had 7 assists in mid-season against Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City (x2), Leicester, Tottenham and Crystal Palace. He was then on the podium behind Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kevin De Bruyne. Unfortunately, that was not enough to save the club at the end of the season. He himself lowered his footing, even missing six cumulative matches between January and the restart. Too bad, it is in the Championship that he will shine again.
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Dubbed by Messi
With his 14 goals and 16 assists, the 24-year-old has stunned the competition. Very fine technically and intelligent in the game, the attacking midfielder has revealed himself as the thrill player of the English D2, in this role of playmaker which suits him very well. Better yet, he has completely adapted to the style in a championship not always known for its quality of play. “I have always enjoyed scoring goals and giving assists to my teammates. But I still like to help in defense and go tackle because it’s a good feeling to get the ball back and to be able to attack again. I love it and sometimes I can help the team like that ”, he explains to Guardian.
It did not necessarily make sense when he arrived in Norwich in 2018 for € 1.5m. It is because he grew up with the Spanish culture. Born in Mar Del Plata, Buendia left his native Argentina to join Real Madrid at the age of 11. Three years later, Getafe recovers him to make him play his first professional matches in 2015. He even faces Messi who sticks him a 6-0 with Barça. The defeat is already forgotten when his idol comes to slip him a little note at the end of the match. “Maybe I did something right to impress her. He asked, “What do you want to do? Play for Spain or Argentina?” I quickly said: “Of course I want to play for Argentina. I want to play with you, it’s a dream.” “
Buendia is courted
Equipped with a double passport, the elegant right-hander wore the shirt of La Rojita in the U19 before choosing the Albiceleste in the U20, with whom he participated in the World Cup of the category in 2015. Since he has not ‘has never been selected for the A, but hope keeps alive. Back next season in the Premier League, he could well pass a course this summer by joining a larger team. Almost half of the English league covets him like Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and West Ham. Already in his sights in the offseason, Leeds is considering bringing him in. Buendia has also been cited on Arsenal’s side by the English press, while Atlético de Madrid, Sevilla and Villarreal are looking at this file from a little further. It will be necessary to pay the price because Norwich does not intend to part with its best player under 40 M €. The courtiers are warned.