‘He has to keep going exactly in this way’ - Farke so pleased with Buendia’s form and work rate
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The ‘top class’ attitude of Emi Buendia has really pleased Daniel Farke recently, as Norwich City’s squad warm to their Championship challenge.
The 23-year-old Argentine has two assists and a goal from his last three games, showing his class with beautiful control of a Ben Gibson pass before slotting home the Canaries’ third goal during their impressive 3-1 win at Bristol City on Saturday.
“Emi is an emotional player from South America and of course he was also suffering after relegation,” said Farke. “In addition to the shortest pre-season he was injured in the last friendlies, he missed the first two games because of his red card last season on Premier League level, then missed another game because of injury.
“Even for such a player it is difficult to grow into such a season with such a break but I have the feeling his mindset is top class at the moment. He needs a few games to come into his rhythm but if I judge his last four games, he has delivered with assists, with a goal, with important passes and also with brilliant performances.
“It was not just his goal and his ability to create chances but his workload for the team was outstanding. It’s always the same. When you are willing to work for the team, to invest for the team, then the team will shine and you will also shine as an individual.
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“That’s what Emi is doing, I’m pleased with him at the moment, but it is the same as it is for our whole team, he has to keep going exactly in this way and if he keeps going then he will have a really good season. But we have to make sure we don’t go on with one percent less.”
Farke is pleased to see his team sitting fourth in the table after nine games but well aware the battle is only just beginning.
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“In the last five games, 13 points is fantastic,” he continued. “We are the team of the moment, however you want to label it, and for that many compliments to my lads but we also know that the Championship is the toughest league in the world and momentum can change unbelievably quickly.
“We have to make sure we stay focused and go further on, that we are there with the same level of performance and concentration for the next game. If we do this it’s definitely a good position to build on right now.”