Last season, Todd Cantwell was the darling of a highly-respected Norwich City side that eventually suffered relegation despite impressing many in the Premier League. It has since seen Max Aarons, Ben Godfrey and Jamal Lewis move to pastures new – but Cantwell has remained, despite reported interest from Leeds United.
Leeds chief Victor Orta even confirmed the club had analysed the England Under-21 international, who scored six Premier League goals last season. “We know them really well, their clubs were our rivals, we analysed [Cantwell] in the Premier League,” Orta told the Yorkshire Evening Post, towards the end of the summer window.
Since relegation, Cantwell has struggled. The 22-year-old has been in and out of the Norwich side, with knee and hip problems limiting Cantwell to just five Championship outings all season. He was expected to rejoin the Norwich side on Saturday as they took on Middlesbrough – a match which they eventually won 1-0.
It was believed that Cantwell had recovered during the international break but he was not even a part of the 20-man squad. Daniel Farke chose to leave him out and although it cannot be confirmed whether Cantwell’s Instagram story was related to his omission, he was clearly angry on his social media platform.
Cantwell seems to be heading for the exit door. The midfielder has just 18 months remaining on his contract and it is unclear how much Leeds would need to table to land the player in the coming weeks, perhaps in January. However, any fee is likely to be much reduced given his lack of game time and the fact his contract is running down – and unlikely to be extended.
Do Leeds need Cantwell? The Whites tried to sign an attacking midfielder in the summer – though Rodrigo has filled said gap in recent matches. However, should Rodrigo replace Patrick Bamford up front, that number 10 area would again be vacant. Cantwell can do that role, while also offering cover out wide. If, in the region of £10million to £15million, Cantwell could be a good addition.