Newcastle loan signing, Ivan Toney, says that he hopes his positivity and goals can help turn Barnsley around.
The South Yorkshire club sit third bottom of League One and have lost their last seven league matches, though Toney did help them into the area semi-finals of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on Tuesday night, only hours after signing on an initial 28 day loan.
Ivan Toney claims that Barnsley are a ‘great side’ who play ‘great football’ and now he wants to ‘spice it up a bit’.
The 19 year old says that he was desperate for first team football and when Barnsley approached him he couldn’t say no.
Manager Lee Johnson admits he has brought the Newcastle striker in as a ‘short-term fix’ but hopes he can keep him for longer.
“I’d like to try and turn things around. Barnsley are a great club and should be doing much better. They have not got the results they would have wanted recently but they are a good side and I don’t know how they have not been getting them.
“But that’s football. I think there is fire in everyone’s belly. I think they’re a great side and they play great football. I thought this was the best option for me.”
“I’m just going to play the same football that I normally play, be positive, and hopefully the results will come our way. Hopefully my goals can help turn this run around. We had a great start on Tuesday and we want to kick on against Port Vale. Hopefully we can go on a run now and win a few games.
“I want to be playing football and I couldn’t say no to Barnsley. I hope to bring a lot of positivity to the team and spice it up a bit.”
Barnsley Manager Lee Johnson:
“We have brought him (Ivan Toney) in as a short-term fix but I don’t think it would be impossible to keep him for longer.”