Chris Sutton slams Todd Cantwell for reaction at being substituted

Todd Cantwell criticised for reaction.

Chris Sutton has suggested that Todd Cantwell is “getting above his station” after the Norwich City midfielder went straight down the tunnel when substituted on Tuesday night.

Cantwell was replaced by Republic of Ireland international Adam Idah in the 61st minute of his side’s 2-0 home defeat to Aston Villa, a result which leaves the Canaries rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table.

The 23-year-old was seen to go straight down the Carrow Road tunnel before returning with an expression that suggested he was none too pleased at how the evening turned out.

Chris Sutton: “I don’t know who he thinks he is.”

“I didn’t like the Cantwell thing,” former Norwich striker Sutton said on BT Sport afterwards.

“It was a big opportunity tonight, he didn’t take it and, you know, he’s hardly high-fiving Adam Idah there. Going off down the tunnel, I don’t know who he thinks he is, I really don’t.

“He hasn’t performed well in a Norwich jersey for a long, long time, he’s getting above his station there. He came back and we all get frustrated, we’ve all been hooked off but you have to think about the team.

“That shows, maybe, there’s not a togetherness in the dressing room.”

Todd Cantwell’s rise and fall.

Norfolk-born Cantwell is an academy product at his local club and made his first-team debut in an FA Cup match against Chelsea in January 2018.

He impressed many during his first Premier League campaign in 2019/20, despite the season ending in relegation, and was a key player in getting Norwich back up again at the first time of asking.

However, he has yet to register a goal or an assist this campaign, and at 23-years-old, Sutton feels that a fresh outlook is needed.

Todd Cantwell “needs to kick-start his career.”

“He needs to kick-start his career again and the best place to do it is on the pitch. Show what you can do. In the first half, he wasn’t good enough.

“Slightly better, we saw him make runs in behind a couple of times in the second half but not good enough. I wasn’t surprised he was hooked.

After picking up five points from their first three games under new manager Dean Smith, Norwich are now on a run of three successive Premier League defeats and sit level on points with Newcastle United at the bottom of the table.

It’s unlikely to get any easier over the festive period, as matches against West Ham United, Arsenal, Crystal Palace and Leicester City await.

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