Another Norwich City player having his first season in the Premier League, Todd Cantwell has been a high-flying performer for the Canaries, starting off the midfield for our In Focus series.
Scoring six and assisting two so far this season, Cantwell has found his feet in the league comfortably, continuing to grow in his role as a key asset in the City midfield. Seeing his goals off with a few dance moves in celebration, what are Cantwell’s best performances this season? Here’s his top three… ⬇
3. Arsenal (H)
Although many Canaries fans will remember this game as yet another day City deserved more than a point, many will also recall a highly impressive performance from Cantwell, one of the beating hearts of City’s attack in the fixture.
In what was one of the most entertaining games for City all season, Cantwell stood out from the first touch of the ball, injecting blistering pace and high intensity football whenever the midfielder was given the chance.
As the scores sat at 1-1, thanks to goals from Teemu Pukki and a re-taken penalty from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, up stepped Cantwell in his best effort to find the winner.
Opening his body up and curling the ball past Bernd Leno with an unbelievable amount of composure, the 22-year-old was on top of his game to find the goal.
Despite the unfortunate eventuality in Arsenal finding the equaliser to share the points, Cantwell didn’t stop running for the ball until the very end, pouring every ounce of energy he could into trying to find the winner once more.
This impressive shift earnt him a 7.69 rating on Whoscored.com, not bad for his third-best so far this season!
2. Crystal Palace (H)
It was yet another game which should have seen City take all three points, but also another game in which Cantwell put on a show, as Carrow Road hosted Crystal Palace on the turn of the new year.
A goal was found extremely early on, with slick one-two passing play between Cantwell and Emi Buendia setting the young Englishman up for the shot one-on-one with Vicente Guaita. It was no problem for Cantwell, who saw it slotted home easily as early as the fourth-minute, giving City a favoured lead early on.
Cantwell’s biggest chance after the goal nearly doubled the lead for City later in the first-half, catching a cross from Max Aarons just slightly wrong, seeing it bounce in the ground before reaching the gloves of Guaita.
Disappointed as anyone to see the equaliser from Palace, that didn’t change Cantwell’s determination for another goal contribution, running for every second-ball, pass, tackle and interception he could until the final whistle.
It may have been a disappointing result, especially since three points was more than deserved, but Cantwell once again showed his commitment to the 90 minutes and didn’t stop chasing the winner. This passionate display earned him his second-best rating all season, being given a 7.71 from Whoscored.com
1. Everton (A)
Finally, Cantwell’s best goal all season came against ex-manager Marco Silva’s Everton side. A clean sheet away from home, it was also finally the result City deserved after pouring their hearts and souls into each game.
What was a fairly quiet first-half only built the tension going into the second, a big 45 minutes awaited each team, the game open to go in anyone’s favour. Proving themselves difficult to breakdown, Everton were hopeful of holding on.
This hope just wasn’t enough for them, however. Building from the back, City managed to catch Everton off-guard, with not enough defenders back to stop an attack. Pukki held up play perfectly, fending off two Everton shirts before slotting Cantwell through one-on-one with Jordan Pickford, beating the England international, cool as ever.
Subsequently subbed off before he could contribute to the second-goal from Denis Srbeny, Cantwell put a great performance in regardless.
As expected from the third and second-best performances, Cantwell just couldn’t be stopped in this fixture, a real handful for the opposition.
Outrunning everyone on the pitch and always looking to find a goal contribution from nothing, his passion and finishing earnt him an 8.07 rating from Whoscored.com in this fixture, his best game this season.