Newcastle striker Ivan Toney says that he has missed his mam since his move to Tyneside.

Sounding a bit like a kid leaving home for university, the former Northampton forward says that he misses his mother not being ‘there to do everything for me’!

Toney says he has felt a bit homesick but says that he is happy with how things are going with the football, as he feels stronger every day and is adapting to the quicker tempo of training with Premier League players.

Having already featured in the League Cup and of course coming on as a substitute against Chelsea, Ivan Toney must be thinking things are going great on a personal level, even though Newcastle are struggling with form and results.

The striker also picked up a recent award as the Barclays Under 21s player of the month for September.

Ivan Toney speaking to BBC Radio Northampton:

“It was my first time away from home, my mum is not there to do everything for me, so I have got to be a big man for myself.

“The football’s obviously a bit different tempo-wise but I have managed to adapt to it and I am enjoying it.”

Not sharp = Not involved:

“A little bit of homesickness and missing my family a lot but other than that it is alright.

“If you are not sharp, you are not involved, I wouldn’t try to disrespect the League Two standard but they (Premier League players) are sharper and know what they are doing a lot more.

“You are trying to get stronger every day, especially at that level you need to be strong and fit, and that’s the main thing I’m working on.”

(***No confirmation yet as to whether Ivan Toney saves all his washing for his mam when he heads back to Northampton…)