So, the first one is through the door – an Argentine no less. A short(ish), stocky(ish) Argentine to boot. They sometimes work out okay.
A ridiculous comparison of course, but what isn’t ridiculous to hope for is that by the time Emiliano “Emi” Buendía ends his spell in the Fine City we’ll be celebrating him as the most successful Argentine import in City colours.
Not too difficult to be fair.
Clips compilations on YouTube can be – as we’ve found to our cost before – very deceiving but this one at the very least reveals a player who has one or two tricks up his sleeve. Just a glimpse or two of those in the heat of Championship battle would be nice.
Again, the club has taken the route of bringing in a player whose career promised much in its formative years but, for whatever reason, has plateaued – a sensible path in the circumstances. If Buendía can have anything like the impact of Tom Trybull and Mo Leitner – albeit the latter’s spell was hindered by injury – it could be fruitful.
Some have picked up on the fact he spent a year at Real Madrid – but he was 13 at the time! Of far more relevance is the season just gone, which he spent on loan at La Liga 2 side Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa. Despite Leonesa ending up getting relegated to the Spanish third tier, he earned himself a player of the season award, scored six times and chipped in with a very decent 13 assists.
So, all good with the only question mark being over what went awry for Buendía after the season 2016/17. He was awarded a new five-year contract by Getafe in July 2016 – where he had been since he was 14 – but just one year later, with Getafe promoted back to La Liga, he was sent out on loan.
But he’s ours now and, by the sounds of it, is one that Stuart Webber has had in his sights since the departure of Alex Pritchard. One thing we do know however is that the intensity of the English second tier will hit him hard, not to mention a few Championship bruisers, so let’s give time, a là Vrancic, to adjust.
Welcome aboard Emi.
I appreciate that not everyone tweets, but those who do will have seen a certain David McNally chirp up last night. As ever, behind 280 characters or less it’s hellishly difficult to put the words and sentiments into too much context, but his description of City’s 14th place last season as “embarrassing” didn’t need much.
Ironically, it was an innocuous tweet from our own Stewart Lewis that stirred McNally from his slumbers, one in which he simply suggested that perhaps City should cash in if a good offer came in this summer for Josh Murphy. Little did Stewart realise the ball he had started rolling.
Be very careful what you wish for …. https://t.co/FM1VoPcgjB
— David McNally (@davidmcnally62) June 9, 2018
McNally’s reply to Stewart was seized upon by others and from there City’s former chief executive – who departed in acrimonious circumstances in May 2016 – indulged in an impromptu and unplanned Q&A.
Clearly, his exit from the club was wrapped up in a confidentiality clause and it seems he’s now champing at the bit to tell his side of the story. Whether replying to a few questions on Twitter is the best way is debatable, but it’s clear he still follows the fortunes of City very closely and is still bruised over the way his time here came to an abrupt end.
He was quick to refute suggestions that the big, lucrative, contracts awarded to the likes of Steven Naismith, Matt Jarvis and Timm Klose – as the club fought an unsuccessful fight to stay in the Premier League – were in any way linked to the club’s current financial state, citing instead that May 2016 saw the club in its rudest financial health ever.
While, at that snapshot in time, it may well have been the case, I’d suggest he was ignoring the financial millstone that was soon to lay heavy as the result of said huge contracts, especially without an immediate return to the Premier League – never a given.
When asked why Alex Neil’s Wembley 2015 squad was not strengthened sufficiently to give it a reasonable chance of survival, his answer was a simple one:
Yes . Cash . & yet directors loans were repaid. Bizarre https://t.co/SIfeebYBua
— David McNally (@davidmcnally62) June 9, 2018
His inference that the directors’ loans were given priority over spending cash on players is an interesting one – one that will no doubt be refuted by the club – but either way it’s very clear that life behind the scenes was far from harmonious once the dust of Wembley had settled.
A few suggested to Mcnally that a reveal-all book would be the ideal way to lay bare all his thoughts on those turbulent 12 months. I’d suggest an interview with MyFootballWriter would be an even better platform 😉
But, thanks to Stew, it was an interesting couple of hours nonetheless. One question that didn’t get asked but for which the reply would have been telling was ‘your view on self-financing football clubs?’
We’ll tuck that one up our sleeves.