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Last season, Norwich City finished their first season under Daniel Farke at 14th position, a comfortable mid-table place. James Maddison was the standout player for the side as he scored fourteen goals and made eight assists in the Championship. It doesn’t come as a surprise when Premier League clubs started lurking around for his signature. Eventually, he secured a move to Leicester City and continued to shine under the management of Claude Puel and Brendan Rodgers.

The same period also saw Cultural Leonesa’s return to the Segunda División after 43 years. Their search for players who are capable of playing in the division led them to Emi Buendía, the Getafé prospect. The Argentinian immediately became a key player for them and he ended the loan spell with seven goals and eleven assists. Although he couldn’t help Leonesa survive relegation, his performance caught the eyes of many Championship clubs, including Norwich.

Daniel Farke wanted him to fill in Maddison’s position as a playmaker and he did just that. 12 assists and eight goals in his first season in the Championship has proved his quality for the Norfolk-based side. This tactical analysis will look closely at how Buendía became the orchestrator for Norwich in their 2018/19 Championship-winning season.

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