Former Norwich City striker Dean Ashton has heaped praise on Canaries midfielder Todd Cantwell, who was linked with a move to Leeds in January.
Cantwell was one of the hottest properties all the way back in the summer market. Back then, the likes of Spurs and Liverpool were keeping tabs on him, before he decided to stay at Carrow Road.
Since then, he’s helped Norwich sit atop the Championship table, putting in some fine displays, especially over the last couple of months.
One man who knows him well is Dean Ashton. And speaking to Talksport, the former West Ham and Crewe star admitted he’d not seen many like Cantwell when he first caught a glimpse of him.
“When I first saw him I said to Darren Huckerby, ‘how is that lad not training with the first-team?'”, Ashton commented.
“He was incredible. The way he was drifting past players. His speed of thought and his awareness. He’s just a wonderful player.”
Norwich don’t have any plans to sell Cantwell, however. Sky Sports said back in the January window that despite Leeds’ interest, the Canaries fully planned on keeping hold of the midfielder.
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It’s easy to see why Cantwell is such an in-demand footballer and why Leeds might have wanted him in the first place.
The goals haven’t quite flowed this season, but he hit six in a struggling Premier League Norwich side the season before and has really started to kick into gear now.
At just 22, Cantwell has ample time to get even better as well. Sadly for Leeds, Spurs and other admirers, it looks like Norwich are on their way back up. That means any potential deal looks nigh on impossible at the moment.