Leeds United lost their place at the top of the Championship yesterday after Norwich City produced a convincing display in a 3-1 win at Elland Road. it was payback for Leeds dismantling of the Canaries at Carrow Road and leaves Leeds in a fight for the automatic promotion places.
Leeds were left deflated after deadline day when a move for Daniel James collapsed at the last minute. That mood seemed to carry into this game. Leeds, who lost Samuel Saiz and Lewis Baker this month, are now clearly missing extra legs in the midfield area.
What would not have improved anyone’s mood was the performance of a player that Leeds had also previously tried to sign.
Emi Buendia was in tremendous form for the visitors. Playing between the lines of Leeds midfield and defence he continually found space and time with Leeds struggling to control the diminutive Argentine.
He controlled the tempo of the game and no doubt Marcelo Bielsa would have been appreciative of his performance.
Norwich snapped the up the 22-year-old playmaker in the summer from Getafe for a reported £1.5 million fee, as reported by the Eastern Daily Press.
In the summer of 2017, the Daily Star suggested Thomas Christiansen wanted the player at Elland Road. In the end, he headed to Cultural Leonesa. The Spanish club has massive links to Leeds through their director and Aspire Academy director general Ivan Bravo.
But he is now at Norwich who will be hoping to steer clear of Leeds after their impressive Elland Road display.
Buendia was just a painful reminder of what Leeds clearly needed to bring in during the January transfer window. The fact they failed to do so may end up costing them.