Norwich City manager Dean Smith (Pic: PA)
NORWICH City manager Dean Smith has revealed why Todd Cantwell was allowed to exit the club but insisted: “It certainly wasn’t down to a lack of attitude, he’s a really good young man to work with.”
The 23-year-old attacking midfielder became Scott Parker’s fifth deadline day signing when he arrived on loan for the remainder of the campaign.
The former England youth international had only made eight appearances for the Canaries this season and was linked to moves elsewhere in Europe as the clock ticked down on January’s window closing.
After a stellar breakout Premier League season, in which he scored six goals in 2019-20, he has failed to find that magic again leading many to question exactly why.
Bournemouth Echo: Todd Cantwell (Pic: PA)
However, new Norwich boss Smith has moved to squash any suggestion that it was a mentality or attitude issue with the former English starlet.
“We were all hoping that Todd could recapture the form that we had all seen in the previous Premier League campaign,” Smith admitted.
“I gave him a start in my very first game and we have been working very hard with him but unfortunately he just didn’t recapture that form, he felt it was right for him to go and get some games elsewhere.
“He wasn’t in the squad at the time because of his form and whether that be down to a lack of confidence I don’t know, but it certainly wasn’t down to a lack of attitude.”
He continued: “I found him a really good young man to work with, he had a good attitude, he just hadn’t recaptured that form for whatever reason.
“I think the reason (for wanting to move) is pretty much because he couldn’t recapture that form, we were working hard with him and there was reasons for that.
“He had a couple injuries and illnesses in my time at the club and there were other players in front of him at the time.”