'Better than De Paul' - Many Leeds fans wowed by update on 'Quality player' linked to Elland Rd
Leeds United fans are excited by what Norwich star Emiliano Buendia has said about his future at Carrow Road amid speculation linking him with a move to Elland Road.
Last month, the Daily Mail reported that Leeds have been in contact with Norwich to find out how much they would want for the 23-year-old Argentine.
It was reported that the Championship club want at least £25million for the playmaker but he has now spoken out to confirm that he wants a move back to the Premier League after impressing in the top-flight last season.
Speaking to PA News, as quoted by FourFourTwo, Buendia said: “From the first day I have been happy with the relationship with them. They understand my situation and they know my dream is to be in a Premier League team.
“I’m still here, I will fight for the team but if a very good offer for me arrives they are open. We’ll decide what’s best for everyone.
“Me and my family have loved the city since we arrived but I want to play in the best league in the world and would like to stay in a Premier League team.”
Buenda’s comments have sparked a reaction from a lot of Leeds United supporters on Twitter, which is not surprising given the fact the attacker created the fourth-most chances in the 2019/20 Premier League despite finishing bottom of the table with Norwich [Squakwa Football].
Leeds do seem to want another midfielder added to their squad before the transfer window closes and Udinese’s Rodrigo De Paul has been strongly linked, with the Argentina international even confirming on Twitter he’d be interested in a move to Elland Road before deleting his tweet.
Some United fans would be more than pleased with Buendia if they cannot agree a fee for De Paul, with one even claiming that the Norwich man would cost half as much.
Here is a selection of their tweets:
Dunno why people would complain with Buendia – yes de Paul is miles better but Buendia had a good season last year n is a quality player https://t.co/wbLE3ndGlT
— Toby Brannan (@TobyBrannan3) September 15, 2020
Great back up for De Paul for half the price https://t.co/amwIbX2EeC
— tom (@tommylufc1) September 15, 2020
Obviously would love De Paul. But if he's too expensive let's try and get Emi for £15-20m as he clearly wants to leave. Already had a season in the Premier League so should be able to hit the ground running.
— Chris Elvidge (@ChrisElvo) September 15, 2020
I like Buendia. We'd better make an offer, before Villa or West Ham do
— Sabella68 (@sabella68) September 15, 2020
Although there’s been a lot of hype surrounding De Paul and his potential move to Elland Road, these Leeds fans believe that Norwich’s Buendia would actually be a better option for Leeds than the Udinese star.
That's the player we want. Cheaper, younger , better than De Paul and with EPL experience and hungry to play in the EPL. Let's hope Orta does his magic !
— stefanos kynigos (@KynigosStefanos) September 16, 2020
Unpopular opinion but I think Buendia would be a better move for Us.
— James Hughes (@James_hughes91) September 15, 2020
Buendia scored one goal and supplied seven assists in his 36 Premier League appearances last season, with five of those assists coming against the teams who finished in the top-four.
Stats by WyScout show that his xA (expected assists per 90 minutes) was 0.24 last season while his actual assists were 0.14 per 90 minutes of Premier League football.
He didn’t get as many assists as he really should’ve but that relies a lot on the player who he’s setting up to score rather than his own doing.
Leeds fans know all too well that they create a lot of chances and Patrick Bamford isn’t exactly the most clinical when it comes to burying the opportunities that are put on a plate for him.
If Buendia arrives, it will be interesting to see if it’s any different with Rodrigo spearheading the attack he’s in rather than Teemu Pukki.
In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay’s detailed Leeds’ stance on Rodrigo De Paul’s Twitter outburst.