Norwich City are one of the Championship’s surprise packages, not tipped by anyone to be in the top two at this stage, but seemingly in place for a real push for a Premier League place.
The signing of Teemu Pukki has been one of the key factors in the rise to the top, the Finnish striker has bagged 15 goals in 23 Championship starts. He arrived on a free transfer from Brondby, having struggled to make an impression during a short stay with Celtic.
To fight at the top of the Championship though you need more than a free-scoring striker. Across the field Norwich have carefully blended players who are not household names, but who look capable of becoming so if they keep their performance levels high.
20-year old Todd Cantwell is a youth team product whose previous experience was restricted to a couple of cup outings and a loan spell with Fortuna Sittard. He’s certainly kicked on under Daniel Farke and that’s led to us shining the FLW Spotlight in his direction.
In 17 outings this season Cantwell has grown from hot prospect to secure first team player. Operating on the right side of their attacking midfield, he’s allowed them to move on from the loss of James Maddison.
He’s made 15 starts in the Championship, adding a further two outings from the bench to take his tally to 17 in total. In those games he’s bagged a single goal, an equaliser against Rotherham on December 1st that prompted a comeback and a 3-1 victory and sent them back to the top of the Championship.
He’s certainly always looking to be involved going forward, averaging 1.2 shots per game and well as 1.3 key passes. For a youngster in a team hunting for promotion to one of the world’s most competitive divisions, that’s an impressive stat.
On average he attempts 34.5 passes per game, 80.5% of which are successful. It’s another impressive stat that points to the Dereham-born midfielder being the next big thing to come out of deepest, darkest Norfolk and of the EFL in general.