Former Spurs midfielder claims club must look beyond up-and-coming Norwich star

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Former Tottenham midfielder, Michael Brown, has urged the club to abandon their rumoured interest in Todd Cantwell and go for more experienced options who can improve the side straight away.

Cantwell has had an impressive first season in the top flight with Norwich City as one of the few shining lights in an otherwise disappointing season for the Canaries.

The 22-year-old has shown glimpses of his quality throughout the season and is said to be attracting the attention of some of the biggest sides in the division, including Spurs and Liverpool (Football Insider).

The same publication reported a few days ago that the Lilywhites were set to ramp up their interest in the Norwich star, who they see as one for the future.

However, Brown insists that Spurs need to show more ambition in the transfer market and sign players who will make them title contenders, suggesting that Cantwell, for all his potential, isn’t at that level yet.

When asked about Tottenham’s rumoured interest in Cantwell, Brown told Football Insider: “That’s the thing, it’s always that young player with value.

“I said it last summer, are there going to be some more senior, ready replacements that can go and challenge for the top of the league, rather than the young, up-and-coming player where you create the value?

“He’s certainly one to improve but I think they need some players as well, like a £50 million signing, somebody who’s very, very senior to try and take them on. Mourinho might be looking to do that a little bit more.

“Obviously he will be wanting to fit that bill, you’d expect that.”

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While I can see where Brown is coming from, it is worth remembering that we actually spent a fair bit in the transfer market last summer with big-money moves for Ndombele and Lo Celso. Our squad isn’t as young as it once was and we actually need to reduce our average age. While Cantwell might not come in and immediately stand out, he certainly could be a very useful squad option for next season and undoubtedly has the potential to establish himself in both Tottenham’s and England’s midfield a year or two down the line.

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