Noel Whelan has claimed that Emiliano Buendia could be the long-term successor to Pablo Hernandez at Leeds United if signed from Norwich City.

The former Whites and Coventry striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, said Victor Orta would be in the market for a new number 10 this summer because Hernandez, 35, would struggle to play a full season in the Premier League.

Last week Read Norwich reported that Leeds had enquired about Buendia, 23, with a view to signing the attacking midfielder this summer.

The Argentinian has still has four years remaining on his contract at Carrow Road having arrived from Getafe in July 2018.

Buendia may be sold this summer with the Canaries rock-bottom of the Premier League and seemingly destined to be relegated at the first time of asking.

When asked by Football Insider if Marcelo Bielsa’s countryman could be the man to succeed Hernandez, Whelan said:

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“He could be the man to replace Pablo long-term but I am sure Orta will be looking at many options.

“There will be a number of players considered for that number 10 position to give Pablo the help he needs to get through a season. He is going to need help. He will not be able to play every game at the top level.

“Buendia has done very well at Norwich.

“It is a crucial position, number 10, whoever plays there is your Diego Maradona. They have to be creative, score goals, take set pieces – he is your ace in the pack.

“In the Premier League you need a real magician in there. Someone like Pablo but a bit younger.”

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