Villa confirm Buendia
Aston Villa have announced the signing of Emi Buendia on a permanent deal from Norwich City.
Villa confirmed the news on their website, however quotes from Buendia were not available. The Argentine is away on international duty and seemingly unable to partake in any interview at present.
Aston Villa and Norwich City have reached an agreement for the transfer of Emiliano Buendia.
As Emiliano is currently in the Argentina national team’s biosecure bubble, preparing for a World Cup qualifying match with Colombia on Tuesday evening, he will undergo a medical and complete the transfer after the game.
Aston Villa and Norwich City have reached an agreement for the transfer of Emiliano Buendía.
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) June 7, 2021
It is expected that the fee could rise to as much as £40 million including bonuses.
More on Buendia: Fee will get to £40m after the add-ons. No sell-on to Getafe after Norwich bought it out 2 years ago: a huge profit for a player who cost just £1.5m and again underlining the value in good recruitment/analysis/data #ncfc #avfc
— John Percy (@JPercyTelegraph) June 5, 2021
What could the Villa attack look like?
With Buendia added to an improving Villa team, the possibilities of what the attack could look like are interesting.
Jack Grealish is the talisman of the side but the England international’s future is still uncertain. Clubs such as City are interested but should he stay, the front line could be one of the league’s standouts.
🔹 #MCFC want Kane and Grealish but need to sell players first
🔹 Jesus, Laporte and Sterling among players dissatisfied with roles
🔹 Natural process that has not been hastened by #UCLFinal defeat
— The Athletic UK (@TheAthleticUK) May 31, 2021
Ollie Watkins joined in the summer of 2020 and has transitioned well to the Premier League. His performances earned him a call-up to the preliminary squad for the Euros this summer also.
On the other flank, Bertrand Traore was signed from Lyon but is arguably the weakest link of the group.
Buendia’s versatility to play as either a number 10 or out wide on the right means he could replace Traore. Morgan Sanson joined from Marseille in January and it is possible for him to be moved into a more advanced central midfield role.
This could then leave Douglas Luiz partnering another player linked with a move to Villa Park, James Ward-Prowse.
#AVFC finished eighth in the “goals scored from set-pieces” table.
There was a big drop-off in such goals when Grealish was out, as explained in more detail below.
No surprise a set-piece specialist – and James Ward-Prowse – is on the radarhttps://t.co/sjvYrjgUAw
— Gregg Evans (@greggevans40) June 6, 2021
Suddenly the service and the firepower look very strong, and Dean Smith will be aiming for Villa to fight for a top 7 finish and the hope of European football.
This article was edited by Ben Browning.
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