Why Norwich City must keep the faith in Emi Buendia

A confident Emi Buendia could be vital in Norwich City's promotion push. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

A confident Emi Buendia could be vital in Norwich City's promotion push. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

Since he trudged off in the 62nd minute, substituted, Emi Buendia will have been counting down the days to Norwich City’s Premier League clash at Everton.

The Argentine will have replayed that mistake, which led to Watford's first goal in a 2-0 defeat last time out, over and over in his mind.

Of course, it was clear from Daniel Farke's comments afterwards that he was far from impressed with his arch playmaker.

Whilst Farke will have impressed upon him the need to learn from his error, he will also know the importance of Buendia not dwelling on it in a way that detracts from his future performances.

A confident, swaggering, Buendia that picks the right moments to impose his creativity on a game, is vital in the Canaries' battle for survival.

At 22 years old he needs to be in an environment where he knows he won't be vilified for every error despite the best efforts of a small section of fans, which saw the player reportedly delete his social media accounts this week.

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These are probably the same supporters that worried City were going to blow their Championship promotion push in the run-in when, without Buendia through suspension after a red card against QPR, they failed to win the subsequent three games without the former Getafe man.

If he doesn't know already, Buendia will now be aware it is the coaching staff at Norwich that he must seek the approval of, not the fans.

And it would be a huge surprise if Farke were to drop a player, who only Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne, has created more goals than this season.

One of the cornerstones of Farke's success at City has been the trust he has been willing to place in young players like Buendia.

Mistakes come along the way, but no-one else in City's squad comes near Buendia when it comes to imagination in the final third.

That's why in the corridors of power at Norwich they expect a time will come when Buendia will leave for a fee that dwarfs the £21m Leicester City paid for James Maddison.

That's why he will be the man, after Teemu Pukki, Everton will be desperate to stop at Goodison Park on Saturday.

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