Reported Leeds United target Todd Cantwell could be set for a departure from Carrow Road as his exclusion from the side raises questions.
The Whites aren’t going to be overly busy in the January transfer window, with the bulk of their necessary business completed in the summer.
There are still places that need more attention though and that has only become more obvious in the first 10 games of this season.
January is still just under two months away and while targets aren’t going to become available just yet, there are players that the club ought to be targeting.
One of those is Norwich City’s Todd Cantwell, who has previously been linked with a move to the club and remains with his future at the Canaries in doubt as they struggle to put up a fight against relegation.
Despite Norwich holding the right to extend his deal by a year, his contract is currently due to expire at the end of the season.
Here, we take a look at two reasons why Leeds ought to up their pursuit of the attacking midfielder…
He solves a huge issue
At the moment, we’re not seeing near the same output from the side as we did last season, and while you can point to the injuries, there is something missing.
Well, the lack of involvement from the midfielders could be a key reason to point towards, and the fact that Leeds don’t really have a natural attacking midfielder is a big issue.
It wasn’t particularly a ‘number 10’ that the club wanted in the summer, but they did chase midfielders to play through the middle and Cantwell would fill that void.
He hasn’t hit any sort of form this season, but evcen in 2019/20 when Norwich finished rock bottom, he managed a rate of 0.9 key passes per game, which would put him sixth in our side during 20/21.
Cantwell would fill a massive hole in our side and allow us the chance to stop using the likes of Rodrigo and Tyler Roberts in that position, where neither look a good fit.
He’s likely open to a move
He’s only managed five appearances this season, missing the latest clash against us with illness. While that is something that the player nor his side can avoid, it’s just a further setback and one that sums up his fortunes at the moment.
Cantwell is struggling to recapture the form that made him one of the hottest prospects in the country when he broke through at Carrow Road, and could do with a reset.
Whether that means a move away (to us perhaps) remains to be seen, but it’s clear that his time at Norwich isn’t improving and their likely relegation again would set him back further if he stayed there.
We don’t expect Cantwell to walk into our side if he joined, but he would be given a lease of life in a fresh start and that’s something that would surely appeal to him, allowing him to help push a move through.