Huge week ahead for Todd Cantwell and Norwich City
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Todd Cantwell is about to enter what could be a defining week in his Norwich City career.
The 22-year-old playmaker has been left out of the Canaries’ last two Championship matches against Bournemouth and Derby due to a lack of focus according to head coach Daniel Farke.
Rumours of Leeds United’s interest had turned Cantwell’s head although the Premier League side failed to follow this up with a bid whilst Fulham were put off by Norwich’s reported £20m asking price.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side recently signed Raphinha from Rennes for £17m after pulling out of a deal to sign French midfielder Michael Cuisance from Bayern Munich. Leeds’ interest in Cantwell appears to have now cooled with Norwich keen to keep hold of the remainder of their prized assets after the departures of Jamal Lewis and Ben Godfrey to Newcastle and Everton respectively.
The Dereham youngster has made no secret of his desire to get back in the Premier League but now looks likely to remain at Carrow Road beyond Friday’s 5pm transfer deadline.
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That is a situation Cantwell is happy to find himself in judging by his Instagram account with the England Under-21 international posting a picture of himself over the weekend with the caption: “I love my club. We rise together.”
However, Cantwell must now show that actions speak louder than words if he is to get back into Farke’s first team thinking.
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The German has made it abundantly clear he won’t consider any member of his squad without their full commitment to the City cause.
Emi Buendia, who was also cited for a lack of focus recently, did enough to be brought back into the fold for the defeat to Derby and Cantwell must follow the Argentine’s lead in training to show he still wants to give his all for the Canaries.
If Cantwell can rediscover the form he displayed for periods in the Premier League then the big boys will come calling again but Norwich will benefit in the meantime.
A marriage of convenience may just suit both parties for the next few months as Norwich look to steady a ship buffeted from their Premier League experiences. Cantwell can let his football do the talking but only if he gets back on Farke’s good side and shows he wants to be at Norwich.