Since joining the capital club, Toney’s stock has risen considerably after he hit the ground running at the Brentford Community Stadium, firing Thomas Frank’s men to fourth place in the Championship table.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Football Fan Cast, Fry disclosed how Toney could’ve become a Hammer over the summer after he offered the forward to West Ham’s owners before he joined Brentford.
He said: “I spoke to David Sullivan and David Gold last year at great length and I said he’s the best centre-forward we’ve had.
“He’s not only a goalscorer, he scored 49 goals for us in 92 games in two seasons. But it wasn’t only his goalscoring efforts, he also made a lot of goals and he also was our best defender. He headed the ball out more than anybody else, from free-kicks and corners from the opposition.
“He was absolutely magnificent and I recommended him highly.”
TIF Thoughts on Toney…
Toney’s goal tally for the season currently stands at 28 efforts in 36 Championship games, an incredible record for a player who has never played at this level before.
The former Newcastle United man’s market values (as per Transfermarkt) has soared to £16.2m since joining Brentford, so any attempt to prize him away from the Bees in the upcoming transfer window would require a sizeable sum.
However, West Ham are likely to be in the market for a striker following Sebastien Haller’s departure in January, and Gold and Sullivan may be tempted to take Fry’s advice after all.