Norwich City chief sets Buendia challenge to take game to next level
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Emi Buendia is getting back to his best at Norwich City... but head coach Daniel Farke is demanding even more from his playmaker-in-chief.
After a turbulent start to the season thanks largely over speculation on his future, Buendia has knuckled down and recaptured the form that saw him earmarked as one of the best players outside the Premier League.
Buendia loves nothing more than an assist but the 23-year-old has revealed how Farke has been encouraging him to get beyond the striker and in amongst the goals more himself.
The former Getafe man did this to devastating effect with a fine goal in the 3-1 win over Bristol City and Buendia is determined to become more of a direct goal threat himself.
“The boss always tells me ‘you have to run in behind because you can do it’,” he said. “Usually, I like to play with the ball at my feet and I drop too deep to get the ball.
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“He tells me ‘no, you can score some goals running in behind so do it.’ And I did it against Bristol City. Ben (Gibson) saw me in that moment, brilliant pass. The movement was great and the touch was excellent. Luckily the ball was in.”
Buendia’s seven assists in the Premier League had him marked out as a player to watch by many with Leeds linked but no club firmed up their interest with a bid in the summer.
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Buendia admits the speculation turned his head but after a frank chat with Farke, the Argentinean looks back to his best and he admits to loving playing under the German.
“I’m happy because he gives me the confidence that every player needs,” he added. “I have long talks with him about football and he’s always behind me to push me so I can give my 100 percent.
“On the pitch, he gave me the freedom to move around the pitch so I can create something special like I like. I’ve learned a lot of things from him during the last three years and hopefully we can get our targets.”