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Can Emiliano Buendia offer better value than Jack Grealish in FPL?

New Aston Villa signing Emiliano Buendia has been priced up at a tempting £6.5m by Fantasy Premier League (FPL) ahead of the game’s relaunch.

The summer recruit from newly promoted Norwich City will begin the new campaign some £1.5m cheaper than the Villans’ talisman, Jack Grealish (£8.0m), who has been handed a price hike.

Villa start 2021/22 with an appealing set of matches against Watford (a), Newcastle United (h) and Brentford (h) and sit top of our Season Ticker for ease of fixture in Gameweeks 1-3 as a result – although things quickly turn sour after the September international break.

The question is: is Buendia worthy of a short-term gamble in that opening triple-header?

We’ll assess his FPL credentials in the article below, with subscribers also able to access his player profile and much more in our Premium Members Area – and there’s a 20% off subscriptions right now.

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THE TRANSFER

Buendia’s move to the Midlands cost a club-record £33m in real-life terms, with the 24-year-old Argentinian signing a five-year deal.

His new manager, Dean Smith, said:

Emiliano has just completed an outstanding season in a championship-winning Norwich side with 31 combined goals and assists and was named player of the season across the league.

He is equally capable as a wide attacker or as a number 10 and is a great addition to our attacking options. We are delighted to have made such an exciting signing so early in the summer and look forward to Emi joining up with us for a full pre-season.

THE HISTORY

Buendia is, of course, someone we Fantasy managers have encountered before.

The Argentina under-20 international previous crossed our paths in 2019/20, with the yo-yo Canaries enjoying a brief stay in the Premier League before dropping back down to the second tier.

Buendia started his career with Getafe, debuting for the Spanish outfit’s B side at the age of 17 towards the back-end of 2014/15.

Moving back and forth from the reserves to the senior side, he made only 13 league starts for Getafe in his time in the south of Madrid.

His breakout loan spell with Segunda B club Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa came in 2017/18, with 18 attacking returns arriving in 40 second-tier appearances.

More of a supplier of goals than a prolific scorer of them, the assists continued to arrive upon his move to Norwich City in June 2018.

Buendia departed Carrow Road having created 36 league strikes, finding the back of the net on a further 23 occasions.

He also claimed the EFL Championship Player of the Season award in his farewell campaign, having passed the 30-mark for goals and assists combined.

BUENDIA’S RECORD AT NORWICH CITY
StartsSub AppsGoalsAssists
2018/19 Championship353812
2019/20 Premier League28817
2020/21 Championship3901516

Above stats from WhoScored


2020/21 CHAMPIONSHIPS STATS

Total (rank v other Championship players)
Goals15 (=7th)
Assists 16 (1st)
Shots111 (6th)
Shots on target38 (=7th)
Chances created122 (1st)

Above stats from WhoScored


Buendia was both the leading assist maker in the English second tier and the top chance creator, supplying a remarkable 36 more key passes than any other Championship player.

Only 29 of those 122 chances were created from set plays, too, so he wasn’t overly reliant on dead-ball duties – something we don’t know for certain will be handed to him at Villa Park.

Goal threat-wise, over half of his shots (60) and a third of his goals (five) did come from outside of the box.

Just three of his 111 efforts were from inside the six-yard box, so there’s a distinctly De Bruyne-esque feel to the numbers he has posted recently: a prolific creator of chances and an opportunistic shooter from distance.

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312 Comments Post a Comment
  1. JK 171
    • 8 Years
    20 days, 21 hours ago

    Hi folks hope u all enjoyed your summer, quick question is anyone else tempted by the g/w 2 wildcard? I've never done it before but with the majority of away teams then having 2 home fixtures seems like a perfect opportunity. Also helps with the spurs City fixture in week 1

    1. farmerfat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      20 days, 21 hours ago

      I have often played my WC in gw 3 or 4 due to bad planning and regretted not having it later on . I would not recommend it. Chances are you will need it at a later stage.

    2. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      20 days, 21 hours ago

      Would be a huge waste. You'd be gagging for a second wildcard by GW5, and have a dead team by GW10.

    3. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      20 days, 21 hours ago

      I've done it before with great success. Looking to get through first 3 GW's this time around.

    4. Gingerman
      • 1 Year
      20 days, 20 hours ago

      I like to hold for as long as possible so not a tactic I'd go for, it's such a useful chip down the line and seems a bit of a waste to use early.

  2. chocolove
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    20 days, 21 hours ago

    Wow. Just read dumfries to everton news. Exciting moment.

    1. Doug McCasual
      • 1 Year
      20 days, 21 hours ago

      interesting

    2. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      20 days, 21 hours ago

      What would his price be?

      1. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
        • 4 Years
        20 days, 21 hours ago

        5m I reckon

        1. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          20 days, 21 hours ago

          no way

      2. hnmfm
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        20 days, 21 hours ago

        Gotta be 5.5 or else everyone will just get Digne

    3. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      20 days, 21 hours ago

      Complete star at the Euros - be interesting to see how he measures up as a week to week player in the PL.

      Also curious to see how Rafa intends to line up. Is he going for wingbacks?

  3. KUN_DE_BRU_YNE
    • 4 Years
    20 days, 21 hours ago

    Why i cant see comments section on the page?help me out lads !!!

    1. 3 A
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      20 days, 21 hours ago

      Like me until I bought new phone lol. Maybe some setting or ......

      If u see my comment from email, how about try log out and log in back ?

      1. fish&chips
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        20 days, 21 hours ago

        Check my new comment mate

        1. 3 A
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          20 days, 21 hours ago

          Its there 😀

  4. DavidBadWillie
      20 days, 21 hours ago

      Arsenal fan here expecting another dogsh*t season again.

      All this preseason talk of a massive clearout and big investment only to realise nobody wants Arsenals dregs and we're not buying anything exciting.

      Arteta will be gone by November.

      1. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
        • 4 Years
        20 days, 21 hours ago

        Bleak isn’t it, our squad is so far off those challenging for Top 4, another painful season ahead 🙁

        1. DavidBadWillie
            20 days, 21 hours ago

            Stalling over Ben White, sending Saliba out on loan seems crazy.

            Can't handle another season with Holding 1st choice and Bellarin right back.

            1. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
              • 4 Years
              20 days, 20 hours ago

              Bellerin will be sold thankfully, Saliba has been mis-managed since Day 1, my main concern is where the goals will be coming from!

        2. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          20 days, 21 hours ago

          Wouldn't be his fault though.

          1. DavidBadWillie
              20 days, 21 hours ago

              Why wouldn't it be?? He's failed with all signings. Willian £200k a week and now can't get rid.

              Selling Martinez the biggest mistake of all.

              1. Andy_Social
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                20 days, 21 hours ago

                The lack of strategy is on Kronke.

          2. farmerfat
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            20 days, 21 hours ago

            Going to be a long season for us...

          3. Zim0
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            20 days, 20 hours ago

            Goes to show how good Wenger was

            1. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
              • 4 Years
              20 days, 20 hours ago

              He's somewhat culpable too for our decline, along with Gazidis and Kroenke

              1. Zalk
                • 10 Years
                16 days, 14 hours ago

                Well, Wenger is to blame for Arsenal's decline in the sense that he isn't there anymore.

        3. Fake Madrid
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          20 days, 21 hours ago

          How about this for a line up?

          Sánchez - Dubravka

          TAA - Tierney - Dias - Lamptey - Coufal

          Salah - Barnes - Raphael - Dallas - Son

          Toney - Iheanacho - Watkins

          1. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            20 days, 21 hours ago

            Rotating keepers, no Shawshank, unique midfield. Could be gold or...

        4. fish&chips
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          20 days, 21 hours ago

          To kun_de_bru_yne, you need to tick "show replies" at the top of the comments, if it's the comment replies that you can't see

          1. KUN_DE_BRU_YNE
            • 4 Years
            20 days, 8 hours ago

            Thankyou mate !!!but still i cant manage i cant see any comments of everyone's post.i can see just post without any comments. i cant saw any replies on mine post too..thanks you did seperate post !!!

            1. 3 A
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              20 days, 8 hours ago

              Admin should adress this problem. It happen to me once. Flagged this.

        5. Joey Tribbiani
            20 days, 21 hours ago

            Cavani + 5.0 (Targett/Coufal)
            or
            Greenwood + 6.0 (Dias/Cancelo)

            1. pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              20 days, 21 hours ago

              Both Cavani and Greenwood on the radar for me but I'd need really clear pointers from preseason to start either. Think a nailed Cavani would be the priority in my case but just don't think that would happen.

              Best finisher in the league? After Kane I guess.

          • McSauce
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            20 days, 21 hours ago

            Liking this as the current draft (Could have Watkins or Wilson over Antonio also*)

            Sanchez
            Dias TAA Shaw
            Buendia Salah(c) Bruno Raph
            Toney DCL Antonio

            Steele Fofana Gilmour Manquillo

            1. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              20 days, 21 hours ago

              Pretty much the current template

              1. McSauce
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                20 days, 21 hours ago

                ye agreed,
                Trying to look at some options like Robbo instead of TAA and Dias to Digne/Coufal and use that 1.5 to upgrade Toney (Cavani) or get a city mid punt (Mahrez or Foden)

                1. fish&chips
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  20 days, 21 hours ago

                  I'm tempted to go with Robbo as a 4th defender and play 442. Liverpool's opening fixtures are tasty

                2. Andy_Social
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  20 days, 21 hours ago

                  All of those are decent options, except I wouldn't skimp on Trent. I'd consider VVD over Robbi to save 0.5 though.

          • TheTinman
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            20 days, 21 hours ago

            Can't stand Bruno and seeing how cack he was the Euros it might finally be time his luck dries up.

            Also have people actually watched Toney play? Or just jumping on the bandwagon?

            1. DavidBadWillie
                20 days, 21 hours ago

                I think Bruno will flop as will United in general.

                1. TheTinman
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  20 days, 20 hours ago

                  Can't see then pulling up trees. Probably top 4 fight for them

              • ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
                • 6 Years
                20 days, 20 hours ago

                Bruno copied and pasted essay incoming.

                1. TheTinman
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  20 days, 20 hours ago

                  Haha sorry if its been done to death! It's my first comment back in a while, I took last year off.

                  1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
                    • 6 Years
                    20 days, 20 hours ago

                    Nah, wasn't a dig at you 🙂

              • Gingerman
                • 1 Year
                20 days, 20 hours ago

                If it wasn't for his pens I'd be with you.

                1. TheTinman
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  20 days, 20 hours ago

                  Pens are a game changer. But if the handball rule adjustment makes a difference and the more free flowing style of the Euros then we may see less Pens.

                  I also think the new style of Pens is weaker than the old fashioned one. You see players now try to wait till the keeper moves, keepers now expect that and just wait until its taken. Its not like they need to dive early anymore as very few players put their foot through it

              • Andy_Social
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                20 days, 20 hours ago

                I expect him to do the biz from the off, but if he does look flat, it's an easy switch to Sancho, Son, Havertz or whoever has stepped up.

                1. TheTinman
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  20 days, 20 hours ago

                  Got my eyes on Havertz. But don't even want to play with a draft until transfers start going through. It's a waste of time and can lead you to become attached to decisions which may be no longer correct.

                  1. Andy_Social
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    20 days, 20 hours ago

                    Okay. Shouldn't you be logging off then?

                    1. TheTinman
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      20 days, 20 hours ago

                      I just made my random generated team. I didn't play last year so wanted to check how it's going on here as its been a while.

                      I see people are still as snarky as ever 😉

                      1. Hotdogs for Tea
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        20 days, 20 hours ago

                        even the ones who have taken a year off 😉

            2. Tomsk
                20 days, 20 hours ago

                Whoever ends up on pens for Man City going to go into template team. Is this right?

                1. 3 A
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  19 days, 5 hours ago

                  No if Rodri take that.

                2. MessiGOAT
                  • 9 Years
                  19 days, 5 hours ago

                  Kdb ?

              • MessiGOAT
                • 9 Years
                19 days, 5 hours ago

                Lads what you think out of 10 ?

                1. MessiGOAT
                  • 9 Years
                  19 days, 5 hours ago

                  Darlow foster
                  Trent Lamptey. Fofana
                  Salah. Bruuno. Mane. GroB
                  Watkins Tony. Deeney
                  ##Gilmour Willams Ayling
                  0.0 itb