City chief’s plea to rising star Cantwell
PUBLISHED: 08:34 03 December 2019 | UPDATED: 08:57 03 December 2019
Daniel Farke has set Todd Cantwell a challenge to prove he is no flash in the pan.
The Dereham-bred attacking midfielder notched his fourth Premier League goal in 14 appearances in the 2-2 draw against Arsenal at Carrow Road.
Cantwell's display again brought lavish praise from the national media - but the man who gave him a chance in the big time has a word of warning.
"Prove it over months, prove it over half a season, prove it over a full season and then you can speak about quality," said Farke.
"He is on the best way and if he goes on with these performances then we have some nice days ahead with him and he has a great future, but it is up to him to deliver. Work each and every day with the right mentality.
"He is a great character but even great characters need some leadership and trust and support and perhaps some demands from me.
"You have to find the right balance between being there for them and developing them. He is playing a great season but don't be satisfied with that.
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"We want young players to improve to bring them to a different level, and in this respect he is a role model for our way. He has been fantastic but I am far away from labelling him a quality player, because that takes more than 10 or 14 games."
Cantwell has justified Farke's faith with two goals in consecutive Premier League games since his recall to the line up. The City chief hopes the penny is now starting to drop with his squad after a painful winless period.
"We work with such a young group and I wouldn't say they are invited to make mistakes but they are allowed to make them because when you work with such a young group you can't punish them for every mistake," he said.
"But it's also important to learn and not to repeat it. For many of the younger lads, or the ones we brought to the club, they were only used to winning games and being praised. Last season we played more or less each and every team out of the park.
"We had 46 games and we just lost a handful and after each and every loss we responded. So there was never a crisis, the sun was always shining.
"Now they realise on this level you cannot always respond to a loss with a win.
"You have to be strict, you have to be honest, you have to speak about the key topics, but also don't lose the trust."