Leeds make contact to sign recently relegated star

Emiliano Buendia versus Crystal Palace

For the first time in 16 years, Elland Road will witness Premier League football.

It's been a long road back for Leeds United but they have returned to the big time, ready and waiting to welcome the country's elite to Yorkshire once again. 

The Whites were comfortably the best side in the Championship this season, capitalising on West Brom's hiccups to win the league title quite comfortably.

It was a climax to the campaign that was in stark contrast to 2018/19. Last term, Marcelo Bielsa's men fell away and were eventually demolished by Derby County in the playoffs.

However, this time they couldn't stop winning. Leeds were a force to be reckoned with and no one was going to stop them from achieving top-flight status. 

Not since 2004 have the club competed in the Premier League, as a collective sigh of relief was released upon promotion two weeks ago. 

The shackles will now be off in the transfer window with Victor Orta relinquishing the grasp the EFL's financial fair play measures had on the Whites.

Marcelo Bielsa lifts the Championship title

Last term, they were restricted to bringing in players on loan, but the money that comes with promotion means a bucket load of cash could be spent.

And the first player to arrive through the door, besides Illan Meslier, could be Emiliano Buendia.

The Norwich City star was relegated with the Canaries but could be set for an instant return to the Premier League.

Valued at £13m according to Transfermarkt, journalist Phil Hay claims Leeds have been in contact with Daniel Farke and co.

Writing in the Athletic, Hay stated:

"Leeds have made contact with Norwich City about Emiliano Buendia after they dropped back to the Championship but the enquiry was described to The Athletic as “only a small ask”. Buendia boasts undeniable ability but, on the evidence of his year in the Premier League, offers a limited goal threat." 

Emi Buendia

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

The Argentine is a fabulous player on his day but his moments in the Premier League throughout 2019/20 were far too inconsistent.

He started the campaign in fine form, registering four assists in five matches, but as the rest of the season played out, he could only muster three more.

On top of that, the winger found the back of the net on a solitary occasion.

The fact Leeds are targeting domestic players bodes well, but they'll have to be wary of the season Buendia just provided.

Buendia drinks some water

That being said, at the age of 23, he still has an enormous amount of potential. 

To sum things up, Buendia completed as many key passes per game (2.3) as Pablo Hernandez did this season. The talent is there, he just needs a more capable manage to extract it on a regular basis.

Leeds fans will be hoping Bielsa can do just do that.

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