Ivan Toney is having a lively time as one of the many Newcastle loan players out at various clubs this season.
Last season, the striker spent two spells at Barnsley on loan after signing for Newcastle, helping them to win the Johnstone Paints Trophy and more importantly, promotion into the Championship.
Ivan Toney is back in League One, this time after agreeing a loan deal with Shrewsbury Town.
However, things aren’t going great, the forward and his Shrewsbury teammates now rock bottom, 24th of 24 and already six points adrift of staying up.
Despite this, Ivan Toney asks why can’t Shrewsbury still win promotion, as Barnsley found themselves bottom of League One last season before going on a remarkable run.
On a personal level, the Newcastle striker has had a whirlwind time, scoring five goals in his 11 games – including two on Saturday in a 4-2 home defeat to Toney’s old club Northampton.
Added to this, the loan player has managed seven bookings and a red card, serving two suspensions already this season.
Shrewsbury are still without a manager after parting company with Micky Mellon almost three weeks ago, so a pretty good learning curve for 20 year old Ivan Toney...
Ivan Toney speaking to the Shropshire Star:
“Look where I was with Barnsley last season, at the bottom and then we got promoted, who says Shrewsbury can’t do that?
“We’ve just got to keep grafting and hopefully the wins will come our way.
“It i not a nice feeling but if we stick together and keep working hard then why aren’t the results going to come our way? Why isn’t the luck going to come our way?
“It’s not done till it’s done. Nobody likes to be bottom, nobody likes to be losing – especially the fans.”
“Of course you’re going to hear it (the fans not happy), but it’s up to you if you’re going to show that you hear it or block it out.
“I understand the fans’ frustration. They want someone in as quick as we do but obviously it’s up to the board to do what they’ve got to do.
“I’m sure they’ve been waiting for the time to snap up the right manager.
“The new manager will be someone to keep everyone on track, not that we’re not at the moment, it’s just that extra person will keep everyone on their toes and fighting for their position.”