Championship club Norwich City have completed a somewhat surprise transfer bringing Argentinian forward Emiliano Buendía to Carrow Road for a fee of around £1.5 million.
The 21-year-old leaves Getafe, where he has been since the age of 14, after an impressive loan spell last season with Segunda Division side Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa.
“I’m very happy to join Norwich City. It’s a new adventure and a new project and it’s something I’m very excited about,” Buendía told the official club site.
“It’s a great club and a big club with a good project. The aim is to get back into the Premier League and as I said before, I’m very happy to be here. I’ve always liked English football. The atmosphere and the stadiums are amazing and from when I was a little boy, I’ve always wanted to play in England.”
Six goals and eleven assists from 40 appearances wasn’t enough to prevent Cultural Leonesa from dropping into Spain’s third tier but Buendía still managed to stand out, picking up the Player of the Year award, and given his background in the youth systems of Real Madrid, Spain and Argentina, there is still great potential.
Born in Mar del Plata, Buendía began his youth career at local club Cadetes de San Martín but was snapped up by Real Madrid when only 13. Despite not progressing at Madrid’s famous academy, Buendía found his way to Getafe a year later and at 17 made his senior debut in LaLiga.
Argentina moved quickly to name Buendía in their 2015 under-20 World Cup squad in fear of allowing a homegrown talent slip through the net, having seen the youngster represent Spain’s under-19s.
Quick and skilful, Buendía is able to play in a variety of positions, either behind the striker or on either flank and has even shown the discipline to even slot in at full-back if necessary.
Injuries hindered his time at Getafe but if Norwich can get Buendía back on track, it could prove to be an astute piece of business by the Canaries.