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Brentford Striker Open To Leaving Amid Newcastle United Interest: Should Howe Get Him On Board?

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

In a recent column on Caught Offside, famous journalist Fabrizio Romano claimed that Brentford striker Ivan Toney is open to leaving the London club amid recent interest from Newcastle United. Romano said,

“Things with Ivan Toney could move in the summer.

“At the moment there’s not something concrete with any of these clubs, but I’m told he’s open to make a top club move in the summer so it’s one to watch for sure. However, there’s no clarity on the player’s asking price yet.”

Toney’s Impressive Numbers At The Gtech Community Stadium

Toney is having a decent campaign at Brentford as he has put in a series of impressive displays as the focal point of their attack. The 27-year-old has banged in 21 goals and picked up five assists in 34 matches for the Bees this season across all competitions.

The Northampton-born talent deserves a lot of credit for averaging 2.9 shots, 0.8 key passes and 0.5 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Premier League. However, he needs to find a way to improve his ball distribution in the final third, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 61.1% in the English top-flight (stats via whoscored).

Ivan Toney
BRENTFORD, ENGLAND – APRIL 29: Ivan Toney of Brentford looks on during the Premier League match between Brentford FC and Nottingham Forest at Brentford Community Stadium on April 29, 2023 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Should Newcastle United Boss Eddie Howe Get Toney On Board?

Toney is proficient at finding space for himself to get a few strikes in at goal. He has proven himself to be a capable finisher in front of the opponent’s goal. The English forward can also engineer some meaningful openings for his teammates in the final third. He is a decent dribbler with the ball as well when he is playing with confidence on the pitch.

The Northampton-born sensation will add plenty of firepower to Eddie Howe’s attack at St. James’ Park. Toney has what it takes to rival Callum Wilson and Alexander Isak for a regular starting place at Newcastle United in the coming seasons.

Thus, the Magpies should focus all their attention on securing the services of the English forward when the transfer window reopens later this summer. At 27, Toney is about to enter his prime and is well-equipped to make an instant impact at the Tyneside club. He could even help Howe’s side challenge for some top honours in the not-too-distant future. All in all, Newcastle should consider trying everything they can to get him on board soon.

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