The Norwich View: Fingers crossed Cantwell can continue his ‘electric start’ to Premier League season
One of the most pleasing aspects during the early weeks of the season has been the form of Todd Cantwell.
Last weekend, the 21-year-old academy graduate became the first Norfolk-born player to score a top flight goal for the club since 2005 – firing home from close range against Chelsea.
It continues a remarkable rise for Cantwell, who after appearing in just three of City’s final 15 Championship games, has played every minute so far this term.
After impressing Daniel Farke during pre-season, Cantwell was handed a start against Liverpool – and has not looked back.
He followed up an impressive performance at Anfield with a fruitful outing against Newcastle, assisting two of Teemu Pukki’s goals.
Self-confidence has never been an issue for Cantwell, nor has his technical ability, yet the midfielder’s electric start has surprised many.
The challenge for Cantwell now is to maintain the high standards he has set – particularly with Onel Hernandez sidelined.
Another player set for a spell in the treatment room is Timm Klose after picking up a knee injury in Tuesday night’s League Cup defeat against Crawley. Early signs suggest it could be serious for the Swiss international – with Farke saying his season could be over already.
All we can do now is keep our fingers crossed and hope the scans come back with positive news.
On the Crawley game, the most disappointing aspect was not that City crashed to lower-league opposition, but that the so-called fringe players failed to stake their claim for regular action.
Last year Max Aarons made his league debut against Ipswich after playing a starring role in the 3-2 cup win at Cardiff City – and he has been present ever since.
Aarons is another City youngster who has adapted to life in the Premier League and will have a key role to play when the Canaries visit West Ham tomorrow.