Leeds United have been linked to many a rising star over the years, particularly in their lead up to their Championship winning season. Some deals have come off whilst others have fallen short of the mark, with Todd Cantwell being one name that the Whites missed out on.
However, now the hype around the versatile playmaker has died down, Victor Orta can look back with hindsight that he made the right decision by not signing the Norwich City ace.
If there’s one thing that Marcelo Bielsa would benefit from in his current squad, it’s more creativity in the middle of the park. And whilst the 22-year-old looked a man to solve this issue, his dip in form this season says otherwise.
Although Cantwell was, and arguably still is, viewed as one of England’s hottest prospects, his return of just one assist in his last 15 appearances for Norwich leaves a lot to be desired. Considering the fact that the Canaries are currently top of the Championship and stand a good chance of promotion, the England youth international isn’t as clinical as he was in the Premier League.
Cantwell attracted a lot of attention during his rise to England’s top flight. His ability to play on either wing plus in the heart of the midfield turned a lot of heads, alongside his keen vision and skill on the ball. His former youth coach Gary Cockaday lauded him as being able to pull things off that were “god-given”, in an interview last year with The Athletic.
Whilst he is still an impressive talent, his recent form is no different to that of Adam Forshaw. The forgotten Leeds midfielder hasn’t featured for his club since last season due to suffering a hip injury. But before he was sidelined, the 29-year-old seldom contributed a goal or assist.
In his 52 appearances for the Whites, he has managed just two assists (via Transfermarkt). Had Leeds moved for Cantwell, who is valued at £18million, they would just be wasting money on a player too similar to Forshaw.
In other news, Orta must sign off on William Saliba January loan move…