Newcastle smashed their switch file this summer season by spending £63m on Actual Sociedad striker Alexander Isak however that deal may not have been essential had they stored maintain of Ivan Toney.
The English ahead signed from Northampton City in a deal price £500k in 2015 however would make simply 4 appearances for the membership within the Premier League within the 2015/16 season.
He would go on to get pleasure from affluent mortgage spells at Barnsley, Shrewsbury City, Wigan Athletic and Scunthorpe United earlier than he lastly departed on a everlasting deal in 2018, with Peterborough United signing him for £500k, which means they did not less than break even.
His time with the Posh was an enormous success, as he contributed 49 targets and 16 assists in simply 94 appearances, earlier than incomes a £5m transfer to Brentford in the summertime of 2020.
He has gone from energy to energy in his time with Thomas Frank’s aspect, hitting 31 targets within the Championship en path to promotion in his first season, whereas he managed 12 targets and 5 assists in his debut Premier League marketing campaign final season.
Did Toney deserve extra possibilities at NUFC?
Toney has began the brand new season in distinctive type, hitting a hat-trick in opposition to Leeds United final weekend to take his tally to 5 targets within the opening six matches, which means that had Newcastle stored religion in him and given him extra alternatives, they might have had a prime Premier League striker of their very own.
Following that three-goal triumph in opposition to Jesse Marsch’s aspect, Newcastle legend Alan Shearer was stuffed with reward for the Brentford talisman on Match of the Day, describing him as “magnificent” and suggesting that an England call-up might quickly be on the playing cards.
Certainly, the Toon hero continued: “Actually actually spectacular. Horrible to play in opposition to. Nasty in a great way which you must be. Defenders know they’ve been in a recreation once they’ve come up in opposition to him.”
Danny Murphy then hailed him as a “distinctive” expertise, citing his phenomenal set-pieces after he scored a fairly fantastic free-kick in opposition to Leeds.
Whereas it’s unimaginable to foretell the trajectory of a participant’s profession, Toney’s spectacular mortgage spells counsel that he ought to by no means have been offered by Newcastle and they need to have given him extra alternatives.
Contemplating Brentford reportedly demanded £50m for his companies this summer season, the choice to promote him for simply £500k in 2018 should go down as an enormous mistake by Newcastle United. Had they stored him of their ranks, there might nicely have been no want for Isak and even Chris Wooden again in January.