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Norwich City right to loan Todd Cantwell to AFC Bournemouth

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The saga surrounding the future of Todd Cantwell has – for now at least – drawn to a close. The 23-year-old left the Canaries on deadline day, heading to the south coast to join Bournemouth on a six-month loan deal.

The Cherries hold the option to make the move permanent this summer, meaning there’s a good chance the Dereham-born midfielder has played his last game for the club.

Todd’s departure is one that is tinged with a great deal of sadness, but feels like the best move for all parties.

Norwich City supporter Edward Seaman
Norwich City supporter Edward Seaman

As with any local lad who comes through the academy to make more than 100 appearances for the first team, it’s been a pleasure to watch him develop.

It hasn’t all been plain sailing for Todd, but there have been plenty of highlights, including the blistering form at the start of the 2019/20 Premier League season which included goals against Chelsea, Arsenal and, of course, in the famous 3-2 win over Manchester City.

His importance during last season’s title-winning campaign should also not be down-played.

Like many, I hoped this would be the season Todd really stepped forward and become the main man – filling the void left by the departing Emi Buendia. But for whatever reason, that has failed to be the case. Todd has featured just eight times in the league, having fallen out of favour with both Daniel Farke and Dean Smith.

We’ll never know what has gone on behind the scenes, but in truth the whole situation had become a circus. And that is the last thing we need in the middle of a relegation battle, which after back-to-back wins, we are firmly a part of.

There have been many young players who have seen their careers stagnate after leaving the club in recent years, and I hope Todd doesn’t fall into that category.

I wish him well, but now the focus must be fully on those whose mission it is to keep us in the Premier League.