Former Tottenham striker Darren Bent has disagreed with his some of his fellow pundits over whether the Lilywhites should pursue a deal for Todd Cantwell.
The young midfielder has been impressive in what has been his first taste of the English top-flight this season.
The Lilywhites are reportedly set to ramp up their interest in Cantwell when the transfer market opens, according to Football Insider.
However, former Spurs midfielder Michael Brown and ex-Leeds striker Noel Whelan have both advised Tottenham against pursuing a move for the Norwich star and urged them to go for a bigger name who can improve the team straight away.
However, Bent believes landing the 22-year-old is in-keeping with Spurs’ philosophy of buying young British players.
The former England international waxed lyrical about Cantwell’s talent and insisted that his performances have gone under the radar due to the impressive campaigns which the likes of Mason Mount, Jack Grealish and James Maddison have had.
When asked about Spurs’ interest in the midfielder, Bent told Football Insider: “He’s young, he’s English and Spurs have been doing that for years, even before I got there. They obviously like to get young players from the British Isles.
“Todd Cantwell, I think he’s gone under the radar a little bit. I’ve been big fan of his this year but it’s been the likes of Grealish and Maddison that have stole his thunder.
“He’s had an absolutely fantastic season, he’s a very good player and I think if Norwich do go down he’s going to be desperate.
“I think another season in the Premier League, if he goes to Spurs and can nail down a place there, there’s no doubt he’ll be looking for international honours because his performances this season have been very, very, very good.
“He’s just been outshone by the likes of Mason Mount, Grealish and Maddison.”
Spurs Web Opinion
While Cantwell has certainly shown glimpses of his quality this season, I don’t think he has shown enough to be compared with the likes of Grealish and Maddison. That isn’t to say that the 22-year-old can’t reach or even surpass their level but he isn’t someone who is going to improve us straight away. However, given the financial constraints involved this summer, Cantwell could turn out to be a prudent signing.
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