Darren Bent has called on Leeds United summer transfer target Todd Cantwell to “pull his finger out” if he is to earn a move back to the Premier League.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Spurs and England striker claimed the midfielder is struggling to adapt to the Championship after Norwich City’s relegation last season.
Last season the England Under-21 international scored seven goals in 40 appearances across all competitions.
But he is yet to register a goal or an assist in five games this term for the third-placed Championship side.
Asked by Football Insider if he was surprised Cantwell was struggling in the Championship, Bent said: “I can understand, because I think Todd Cantwell did okay in the Premier League, and when you have to go back to the Championship and play it’s different.
“Yes, it’s still competitive and it’s still a good league but it’s not the Premier League, there’s not as many eyes, it’s not as global, everything about the Premier League is just bigger.
“When you drop back down after getting used to the pace of the Premier League, it can be ‘oh, really?’
“All he can do is keep his head down and try and do the right things but it can be difficult to do that.
“The only person that can get Todd Cantwell back to the Premier League is Todd Cantwell.
“He needs to pull his finger out and start putting the performances in again because I’m a big fan of his and I want to see him in the Premier League.”
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