West Ham could play a blinder if they revive their interest in Norwich star Emiliano Buendia in the January transfer window after it was reported that the attacker was on the Hammers’ radar in the summer.
According to a report by The Athletic, West Ham considered a move for the 22-year-old playmaker even though Manuel Pellegrini already had plenty of options in the attacking midfield area of his squad.
It is understood that the Irons boss “adores creative talents” and it seemed as though he wanted to add to that – as well as the South American vibe at the London Stadium – by lining up a move for Buendia after the Argentine played such a key role in Norwich’s promotion-winning campaign last season.
Buendia scored eight goals and supplied 17 assists in 41 appearances across all competitions for Norwich last term and has since continued his good form into the Premier League after winning the Championship title.
He is yet to score in the top-flight but has already assisted four goals in 11 Premier League outings and stats by WhoScored suggest that the former Getafe playmaker has been a lot more creative this season than Felipe Anderson has been for West Ham.
Not only has Buendia assisted more goals than Anderson, the Canaries ace has averaged more key passes, crosses, long balls and through balls than the Brazilian, while also boasting a higher pass accuracy percentage.
Buendia has also averaged more dribbles per Premier League appearance [3.6] than Anderson [2.7].
It is also important to remember that Buendia has provided this creativity for a team that is currently second from bottom in the Premier League and have drawn one and lost five of their last league fixtures.
Buendia is creating opportunities for fun at Carrow Road and it would seem as though he would be a big upgrade on what the Hammers have in their attack at the moment.
Pablo Fornals and Manuel Lanzini have been in wretched form with the latter reportedly attracting attention from Juventus, based on that report by The Athletic.
It would not be a bad idea by West Ham to revive their interest in Buendia once January comes around because he seems as though he is the kind of player that could really inject some life into what has been a blunt Irons attack in recent weeks.