There’s been a wee bit floating around about Todd Cantwell lately, in light of his performances this season and his position with new signing Diomande coming in.
We wanted to break it down, because one large Twitter account did discuss his total 9 goals and 9 assists in 46 appearances, arguing they’d expect it to be more.
Now, at a basic level, that is an 18 goals and assists in 46 rate. That’s not that bad at all. It’s nearly 50% goal contributions. A little off, yes, but healthy.
But what about this season specifically?
3 goals, 4 assists in 26. That’s 7 goals and assists in 26, and that really is a massive reduction.
He has also started almost all of those 26 matches, only being benched for five of them so this is not based on reduced minutes.
Cantwell is a bit divisive – the problem is some fans often still see the 22/23 Cantwell, how good he was last season, which was an excellent 11 goals and assists in 20 appearances.
He is WELL down on that now, and there’s no defending it. For key passes, critical in his position, he’s a modest 21st in the SPL this season. Tavernier is second top.
Domestic assists he’s 18th. Passing accuracy 19th. Dribbling 16th.
In short, Todd Cantwell is basically about the 20th best creative attacking player in Scotland this season.
And that is absolutely well short of what we expect from him. From a formerly £40M value player.
Last season he offered a tonne more, he was just a better player, but only his most ardent fans can make a genuine case for him and believe it.
We were some of those ourselves last season, but this season he’s nowhere near hit those heights.
The stats show that Cantwell has a lot to do to deserve his place again. He’s just not doing enough.