Farke relaxed over Buendia transfer speculation after brilliant Barnsley winner
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The secret is already out about Emi Buendia. But Daniel Farke is not worried his brilliant Barnsley match-winner whips up more hype around the Norwich City ace in the transfer window.
Buendia volleyed home Kenny McLean’s long pass to seal a 1-0 Championship win on the opening day of the January sales.
The 24-year-old has already been linked with Arsenal in recent days, and a seventh goal of the season is likely to produce fresh speculation about his future.
“He is a great character, totally focused and totally committed to us. He is under a long term contract so I expect we will keep him,” said Farke.
“To score a wonder goal is a dream for a manager at any time. I believe he has scored wonder goals before this transfer window was open. I doubt any scout or manager will think differently after this goal or one scene. Everyone knows him and knows his quality.
“He has scored these type of goals for us before. He is our player, he is a key figure in our push to finish this season very well. I am pretty happy we have him and delighted he scored this quite important goal.
"I am delighted with his performance and his performances over the last few months.
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"He has developed as a player and a person in terms of his attitude and his personality. He is still young but at 24 or 25 you are not the player of 18.”
Farke revealed Buendia's clinical finish from McLean's raking ball was part of the Norwich gameplan.
"We felt against an opponent tempted to close the space we needed to have players running in behind," he said. "We need to be flexible in our game. Emi can smell this. He has this vision and he has scored many goals for us making that type of run.
"His first in England was quite similar against Brentford when Timm Klose played a pass like that and he finished it with one touch. There was the goal at Bolton two years ago or Bristol this season. Great pass from Kenny, top timing and a really top, top class finish from Emi with his technique.
"We had several of these passes. Ben Gibson, Mario Vrancic to Teemu (Pukki) in the first half. Teemu to Todd Cantwell and the other way around. We could have scored five goals but we take this three points."