Dereham-raised Norwich City winger Todd Cantwell says he shares the same emotions with fans at Carrow Road, having always dreamt of representing the club in the Premier League.
“I know exactly what it means to the fans and I know exactly what it’s like week in week out, going to Carrow Road every other week,” he said. “I know exactly how much it means to every single person in that stadium because it means just as much to me as well. I feel like I can relate to them in that sense.”
Todd was speaking to canaries.co.uk at Tuesday’s Fan Hub signing session and took time to reflect on Saturday’s 0-0 draw away to AFC Bournemouth.
“Off the back of losing a few games it was really important for us as a team to get a clean sheet away from home,” he said. “There were spells in the game when we really pushed on and showed that we were the better team. It’s a shame we couldn’t come away with the three points, but I think in the circumstances we were in, we’ll take the point.
“It’s crucially important to be able to stop goals as much as it is to score them. We’ve looked at that as something important that we needed to focus on, and we delivered in that sense. There are a lot of positives to take from that."
As for his personal objectives in NR1, Cantwell isn’t afraid to admit to his lofty ambitions, having adapted to life in the Premier League.
“I’ve taken strides forwards to become a better footballer and to lift my levels to the Premier League,” he said. “I’m enjoying every moment. I want to be one of the best players to play for Norwich City. It’s my local team and I’ve always dreamed of playing for them in the top-flight. I’m lucky enough to say I can now. I really want to be up there with one of the greats at the club.”
The next chance Cantwell and the Canaries will have to stamp their authority on England’s top division is against Manchester United this Sunday, and Todd cites that famous result against the previous Manchester side to come to Carrow Road as inspiration for City.
“We’re looking forward to the Manchester United game this weekend,” he said. “We’re both looking for points so you’re going to find two teams that are going at it, but we’re sure that we’ve got the ability to beat some of the best teams in the world, like we did against Manchester City, so similarly we want to do the same against United. We’re all looking forward to it.”