Norwich City manager Daniel Farke says he is not concerned about Todd Cantwell, after the 21-year-old’s performance in last week’s 1-1 draw at Wigan came under scrutiny.
That result made it back-to-back draws for the league leaders against relegation battling sides following a 2-2 draw with Reading at Carrow Road as The Canaries march to the Premier League appeared to stumble slightly.
Following that Wigan game, Cantwell took to Twitter to post that his intention is to become the “best he can”, which some felt was a response to assessment’s of his performance Wigan.
I never tried to hide the fact that it is my intention to become the best I can! pic.twitter.com/AehnkdZnlF
— Todd Cantwell (@ToddCantwell_10) April 15, 2019
Farke however, says he is unconcerned by Cantwell’s showing at The DW Stadium, with Norwich City site The PinkUn quoting the Canaries boss saying: “Each player has to handle criticism. The same as a referee, head coach or sporting director.
“You can have an opinion and express it. That is okay. No-one needs to be concerned that we have any players who would crack under such pressure.”
Giving his assessment of Cantwell this season, Farke added: “I don’t judge a player by a difficult game.
“It is complicated for a player who had to wait several weeks and then expected to deliver world class performances. Each player needs to find their rhythm, especially younger players.”
The German manager even went onto praise one part of Cantwell’s performance against The Latics, revealing: “Todd covered more distance than any other player so I was pleased with his workload, even if he didn’t create this magic moment. He is a good option.”
As Farke says, it would be harsh to judge Cantwell on one performance alone.
Depite a difficult day at The DW, Cantwell has stepped up with some big contributions in his first eperience of English football, and he cannot be written off on the basis of one performance given what he has done in the rest of the season.