Todd Cantwell - Scouting Report
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Cantwell has been with Norwich from his youth days, is a left midfielder by trade but he can also play through the middle as an attacking midfielder, who can create a team’s game. Coming through the ranks at Carrow Road, Cantwell had a brief loan spell with Dutch Side Fortuna Sittard in 2018, which was a positive step in his development. After returning to England, he was a part of the Championship-winning side that got promoted to the Premier League at the end of 2018/19.

 

Although Norwich could not stay up in the Premier League in the season of 2019/20, Todd Cantwell was the silver lining to their dark cloud. This season he replicated that form with 6 goals and 4 assists in 31 appearances as Norwich City have gained automatic promotion to the Premier League and are just 2 points away from winning the Championship (at the time of writing). It may be that he needs to maximise and improve his goal contribution from attacking midfield.

 

The 23 year old Englishman has been instrumental in his side’s performance this season. Averaging 70 touches per game, Cantwell has been involved quite heavily in the build-up to Norwich’s attack. Cantwell has predominantly played on the left of a five-man midfield for Norwich this season, but has filled in on the right and, briefly, as a No. 10, too. One of his biggest strengths is his ability to drift into dangerous areas, however, which ensures that, when Daniel Farke’s side attack, he is one of their biggest threats regardless. Cantwell also shows determination to improve and the sense of when to break and run with the ball.

 

He rode challenges well and is not one of those who goes to ground with theatrical histrionics when receiving a hard tackle. There remain, of course, weaknesses to Cantwell’s game, but the manner in which he has improved over the past 12 months suggests he can continue to iron these out over the years. One flaw that blights the youngster is a lack of real pace, which could hold him back if he is to continue playing as a winger. Having said that, Cantwell has said a central role is his ‘favoured role’.

 

Next season, with Norwich guaranteed a spot in England’s top division, Cantwell will have to show that he is ready to take on the big boys. His performances have attracted interest from Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Manchester United. Whether he’ll want to seek pastures greener next season or stay at his boyhood club and make a statement with them is still yet unclear. What is clear is that next season will be a big season for him.

 

 

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