Journalist Keith Downie has claimed that Ivan Toney has ‘unfinished business’ at Newcastle United after not being given a chance in their first team amid claims he could make a move back to Tyneside.
According to reports, Newcastle have sparked interest in former striker Toney, who currently plays for fellow Premier League side Brentford, despite offloading the English striker to Peterborough United after giving him just four appearances in the first team.
Toney has gone on to prove the Magpies wrong after he was the Championship’s top scorer last campaign with 31 goals in 45 regular-season games, and this term, he has netted 12 times in his first season in the top flight with the Bees.
After the Brentford forward has been linked with a return to St James’ Park, Downie spoke to GiveMeSport and claimed that he has ‘unfinished business’ at the club.
Downie said: “He’ll feel he’s got unfinished business at Newcastle. He was there as a youngster, he was released by Rafa Benitez, never got an opportunity and it would be a step up in terms of the size of club that he’s playing for.”
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TIF Thoughts on Downie’s comments…
Toney, who has been hailed as ‘special’ by Thomas Frank, has been the star man in an impressive Brentford side this season in their first campaign in the top flight. He is their top scorer with 12 goals, has the second-highest average player rating (7.31) and has created the most big chances for his side (10), as per SofaScore.
With the club’s takeover, Newcastle are projected to have a busy transfer window, but with reports that Eddie Howe will be given a budget of £90m, Toney could be a good option as he may be cheaper than some of the other strikers around due to him only having one season in the top flight.
Newcastle’s top scorer is currently Callum Wilson with six goals, so it is likely that Howe will bring in a forward, and with Toney proving that he can score goals in the Premier League, he could be a main target for the English manager.