Villa Park news: Fresh claim emerges on £33m Aston Villa star after "mayhem"

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Aston Villa journalist Luke Hatfield said that record-signing Emiliano Buendia needs to impress at club level before considering doing the same for Argentina.

Buendia has failed to live up to the £33m fee that Dean Smith's side paid Norwich this summer and hasn't started a Premier League game since August.

What's the latest news with Buendia?

It all started brightly for the Argentine, who started the opening three league games and scored his first Villa goal in the third of those, producing a measured finish to rescue a point against Brentford.

However, since Buendia travelled to South America to meet up with his international squad ahead of their September World Cup qualifiers, it hasn't gone to plan.

Not only did Buendia not make a single appearance for his country, but upon his return, he was forced to miss the defeat at Stamford Bridge and by the time he did get his place in the squad back, Smith had opted for a change of formation.

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Since that tactical switch, he's played just 33 minutes in the league, and unless the Villa manager reverts to four at the back, his opportunities are likely to be mainly off the bench.

Buendia's lack of minutes saw him left out of the La Albiceleste squad for their October fixtures, although Hatfield believes that his omission could prove a blessing in disguise.

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What did Hatfield say?

He told GIVEMESPORT: "It was an unfortunate situation with Argentina last time, and you can understand, he's desperate to play to go and make an impression there and he doesn't play and then he's caught up with the whole international mayhem.

"I think it will help him not travelling this season, but the key for him is impressing at club level before making a massive impact at international level."

Is Buendia likely to make Argentina's World Cup squad?

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In a squad that includes the likes of Giovani Lo Celso, Angel Di Maria and Lionel Messi, it's always going to be difficult.

But as Hatfield suggested, all Buendia can do is perform at club level and let his football do the talking.

In truth, he hasn't even been capped for Argentina, so is clearly quite some way down the pecking order, but some good performances for Villa will soon change that and his World Cup dream could therefore still be achieved.

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