Aston Villa have been linked with a swoop for Todd Cantwell as they seek to bolster their ranks for a second season in the Premier League, as reported by The Telegraph.
The Villans narrowly avoided relegation last time out, but it appears that Dean Smith is going to be given the funds to improve his squad so as to not find themselves in a similar situation next year.
In contrast, fellow 2018-19 Championship promotees Norwich City finished bottom of the table and as such will be plying their trade in the second tier next season, somewhat surprising given the talent at their disposal.
One such player, who is now reportedly on Villa’s radar, is Todd Cantwell, who made 40 competitive appearances for Norwich last season, including 37 in the Premier League, and claimed six goals and two assists in the top flight.
The 22-year-old came through the ranks at Carrow Road and made his breakthrough in 2018-19, and despite being used sporadically by Daniel Farke – 24 Championship appearances – it was clear that he had what it takes to be a top player.
Cantwell shone in the Premier League and was tipped for the very top by BBC Sport pundit – and former Villan – Chris Sutton in June.
“I think Cantwell will eventually play top six,” said Sutton.
“But I do not think he will move to a top six club this summer. He’s still got developing to do. But I think he is an exceptional, exceptional talent who one day we will see play in the top six.”
Cantwell clearly looks destined for the top, going from a prospect who played just over half of Norwich’s Championship games in 2018-19 to starring for the Canaries in the Premier League, and at just 22, he has plenty more progress on the way.
Villa, meanwhile, were poor for much of the season and survived relegation by the skin of their teeth, so snapping up proven Premier League talent is paramount this summer, and in Cantwell, he could be just the man.