Norwich City's Todd Cantwell has proved his worth during recent matches
Christmas may well be cancelled, but Norwich City are doing their very best to spread some festive cheer.
Last Saturday’s 2-0 win against Cardiff – our fifth on the spin – was enough to secure the Christmas number one slot, and perhaps more importantly open up a seven-point gap to third-placed Swansea.
Reflecting on the game against Neil Harris’ side, I thought it was arguably one of our most complete performances of the season.
Among the many positives was the contribution of Todd Cantwell, who appears to be truly in the groove after overcoming injury issues.
I feel as one of our own, Todd is sometimes overly scrutinised, but his impact over the last three games has provided a timely reminder as to what a crucial player he is for this club.
The thing that excites me most about Todd is his intelligence, both in the way he retains possession, and also off the ball, with his movement to pick up pockets of space between the lines.
It makes him a nightmare for defenders to mark – and affords him time on the ball – which he used to devastating effect against Cardiff, crashing in a beauty to wrap up the three points.
There is no doubt we find ourselves in a strong position at present, and the omens look good. Statistics show 11 of the last 12 teams to occupy top spot at Christmas have gone on to win promotion.
Meanwhile, with 43 points from our first 20 games, we are also in a better position now than at the equivalent stage of the 2018/19 season (40 points), 2014/15 season (30) and the 2010/11 season (33) – the last three times we were promoted to the Premier League.
Of course, no awards are handed out at this stage of the season and Daniel Farke will know his side must be fully prepared for the challenges ahead – starting with a visit to Watford, a side I still expect to be among our main challengers, on Boxing Day. Merry Christmas!