There's no evidence that a search for an injury replacement for Bruno has been called off. Budzinski was confirmed only today, and he has been in the pipeline for well over a month.
My reading of the way the CFG scouting network works is that the scouts are looking for players for Melbourne City who are under-valued (for whatever reason) in their current environment. They would rather sign a player such as a Fornaroli, a Novillo, or a Budzinski, who they see, all going well, as being able to play for us for several years. It was clearly stated right from the day our ownership changed that we would not be looking at signing big names, rather we would be aiming to sign big players who would become big names.
IMO your criticism is misplaced.