‘I’ve just got to continue to work hard’ - Canaries ace Cantwell knows he’s not the finished product yet
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Goals may be coming naturally to Todd Cantwell in the Premier League but the Norwich City starlet knows he is not the finished product yet.
The 21-year-old racked up his sixth of the campaign as City were held to a 1-1 draw by Crystal Palace on New Year's Day, making him the youngest player with that many goals in the division so far this season - with transfer links to Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea swiftly following in the national media.
"I think the confidence is a big thing," he said of his goal haul.
"You hit the net a few times and you do feel like you're going to score.
"It's something I've always known I've been capable of in my game, it's something that I've always wanted to show, but I've just got to continue to work hard and continue to perfect that finishing."
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The England U21 international's early goal against the Eagles was met with an initially unsure celebration, however, as supporters and his team-mates hesitated to see whether the video assistant referee (VAR) would be checking for an offside.
"It's a strange feeling, we get told that you put the ball away if you can, regardless of whether the linesman has got his flag up or not," explained Cantwell, who fired in from close range after an Emi Buendia shot deflected into his path.
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"I put it in and there was an uncertainty because I hadn't had a chance to look across the line, so I didn't really know. I knew it came off the defender so I thought if they did check it; it should be okay - but you never really know what's been seen from the bird's eye view.
"I'm delighted to be given the opportunity to showcase what I can do, but there's a bigger picture and it doesn't feel as rewarding if the team don't get what we should get."
It's just one win in 16 games for the Canaries but a break from their Premier League survival battle arrives at Preston, with Cantwell hoping to rediscover that winning feeling against the Championship play-off chasers.
"The FA Cup is a special competition and we want to try and progress in that, that's definitely the mood in the camp, that we want to progress," he added. "We'll be there and I'm sure we'll be doing everything we can to get that win."