Praise for Emi Buendia as Norwich City's Championship promotion charge heads into final 11 games
There are few who epitomise the transformation of Norwich City this season more than Emi Buendia.
A success story of the club’s scouting network, the 22-year-old was largely unheard of when he arrived at Carrow Road last summer.
The tenacious midfielder has since gone on to become a key cog in City’s promotion charge, with flair and creativity second to none at this level.
It was that quality which came to the fore at Millwall last weekend, with Buendia registering his eighth and ninth league assists of the season to help City escape the Lion’s den with a vital three points.
Of course, the diminutive Argentinian is far from the finished article – it was he who gave the ball away in the lead up to Millwall’s equaliser – but the pass which allowed Teemu Pukki to slot home City’s third was simply sublime.
Looking at the bigger picture, the victory – coupled with Sheffield United’s failure to win the Steel City derby on Monday night – leaves Daniel Farke’s side in a strong position heading into the final 11 games of the season.
The first of those is a visit to Carrow Road from Swansea tonight, and City must take advantage of the early kick off to pile the pressure on their Yorkshire rivals at the top of the table.
As seems to be the case every week, the key discussion in the build-up is who will partner Tom Trybull in midfield.
For me, the time is right to bring Moritz Leitner back into the fold, especially after the way he dominated the midfield as City cruised to a 4-1 victory in Wales back in November.
It would be harsh on Kenny McLean, who has done very little wrong in recent weeks, but against a side who also likes to get the ball down and play, I think Leitner is better suited to ensure City win the midfield battle.
Three points would put City another step closer to achieving something special.