Buendia reveals international hopes
Emi Buendia has set his sights on earning international recognition with Argentina after starring for Norwich over the opening weeks of the season.
Attacking midfielder Buendia has been a consistent performer since arriving at Norwich from La Liga outfit Getafe during the summer of 2018, as he played a key role in helping the Canaries lift the Championship title during his first season with the club and thus earned promotion to the Premier League.
The 22-year-old has managed to maintain that impressive form in the top flight, as he has provided four assists in the opening five games of the new season, including assisting Teemu Pukki’s decisive third goal during Saturday’s shock 3-2 triumph over reigning champions Manchester City.
Buendia is certainly enjoying life in the Premier League and he feels Norwich’s brave approach was the main reason for their success against Pep Guardiola’s side, who were on an 18-match unbeaten run in the top-flight prior to their loss at Carrow Road.
“I am very happy for the triumph of the other day,” Buendia told TYC Sports. “We knew it was a complicated game against the current champions, but we were brave, we went out to press up, and we didn’t let them play out comfortably. I am happy to play in the best league in the world and to be at Norwich.”
Buendia is hoping his current form might bring him to the attention of Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni.
The former Real Madrid youngster represented Argentina at the under-20 World Cup in 2015, while he has also played for Spain at youth level, although there is no doubting where his allegiances lie when it comes to the senior set-up.
“I was lucky to play the World Cup with the U20 in 2015, and it was a dream come true,” he added. “But the goal is to play with the first-team. I work towards that, and I have the dream of achieving it.”
Buendia’s next chance to impress in a Norwich shirt will come on Saturday when the Canaries travel to Turf Moor to take on Burnley.
Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.