Norwich City will be looking to pick up their second win in a matter of days as they prepare to host Championship strugglers Reading on Wednesday night.
The Canaries can practically taste top-flight football, with Daniel Farke’s men sitting seven points clear at the top of the league after picking up eight wins on the bounce.
A 4-0 thumping over Queens Park Rangers was their latest win in an incredible run of form, as goals from Emi Buendia, Marco Stiepermann and Championship Player of the Year Teemu Pukki secured a magnificent win.
You wouldn’t have known that they had been reduced to 10 men either, when Buendia was sent off late on for a robust challenge on QPR’s Josh Scowen.
The diminutive Argentine will now miss Norwich’s next three games, which is still a big blow for Norwich regardless of their position in the league.
Buendia brings so much flair and creativity to Farke’s side, typified after scoring eight goals and producing 11 assists for the Norfolk club thus far this term.
Thankfully for Norwich fans, their side have plenty of players that are able to step in and replace Buendia, with Todd Cantwell looking to be the most likely option.
The 21-year-old was a regular for Farke in the first-half of the campaign, hugely impressing in the first-team along with fellow academy graduates Max Aarons and Jamal Lewis.
But the attacking midfielder has endured a tricky time with injuries this season, in particular the second-half of the campaign, and has been limited to just seven appearances since the turn of the year.
Even if Cantwell was fully fit though, it would have been incredibly hard for him to break into the team ahead of either Buendia, Onel Hernandez and Marco Stiepermann, so he will be determined to make his mark should he be selected on Wednesday night.
If he puts in some impressive displays for the Canaries between now and the remainder of the season, it would surely prove to Farke that he can make an impact in the top-flight, or if not, plenty of other teams will be interested in him.
It’s an important time of the player’s career, for sure.