Leeds reporter Joe Donnohue has dropped an update on Norwich midfielder and United transfer target Todd Cantwell…
The LeedsLive journalist has claimed that the England U21 international is held in higher regard outside of Norfolk, in comparison to how he is viewed at his current club.
“I think the opinion of Todd Cantwell is higher outside of Norwich than it is at Norwich, from what I’ve gauged.
“He obviously had that start to the 2019/20 season with Norwich, before they were relegated, and set the Premier League alight.
“He wasn’t as prominent as Teemu Pukki of Emi Buendia in the Championship when they were promoted.”
Leeds fans will surely be excited by this update from Donnohue as it suggests that the Whites could pick up a bargain with Cantwell. He is out of contract at the end of the season, with Norwich having an option to extend it by one year, and the club could pounce to snap him up.
If the Canaries, as Donnohue has hinted at, do not rate him as highly as Leeds, that could mean that the Whites are able to sign him without paying the fee they believe he is worth. His contractual situation could also play into Victor Orta’s hands, as Norwich may be inclined to cash in on him in January before his value decreases as a result of his deal running down.
Explaining Cantwell’s recent absence from the Norwich team, Farke said:
“Last season we could dominate a game with 70pc or 80pc possession. So you need many, many creative players on the pitch to open deep-lying opponents.
“Maybe now we need players in those areas who are strong without the ball, or for physical players who have pace and are a bit more direct.
“You have to be super fit, in super shape and to be prepared mentally and physically. You cannot afford to show up in a Premier League game at 98pc. You could argue the best player in the world, maybe (Cristiano) Ronaldo, could do this.”
This ties in with Donnohue’s comments about the midfielder being rated higher outside of Norwich, with Farke suggesting that Cantwell is not strong enough for the Premier League. However, the winger produced six goals and two assists in the 2019/20 campaign and is only 23-years-old, which suggests that the potential is there for Bielsa to mould him into a top player for Leeds and excite the supporters with his talents on the pitch.