Newcastle striker Ivan Toney is having an eventful time out on loan.
Emphasising why players have to go out on temporary moves to progress their development, the on-loan striker says that he is learning ‘I have got to show them (defenders) I am not a little boy and no pushover’.
It is a world away coming up against battle hardened League One defenders, as compared to playing for Newcastle’s under 23s.
Joining Newcastle in summer 2015, after a couple of Premier League substitute appearances he ended up going out to Barnsley in two separate spells.
Those temporary moves saw the Newcastle loan forward help Barnsley to promotion into the Championship, plus he came off the bench at Wembley and helped the Yorkshire club to win the EFL Trophy in front of sixty thousand people.
Ivan Toney joined Shrewsbury for the first half of this season, the former Northampton player scoring six goals in 19 league starts for the League One relegation strugglers.
A change of scenery at mid-season and Toney was off to promotion chasing Scunthorpe. Finding games harder to come by, the striker had managed only three starts and six sub appearances in League One, until Sunday.
A real promotion six pointer and Scunthorpe beat Bradford 3-2, thanks in the main to man of the match Ivan Toney who scored twice.
Ivan Toney now has three league goals for his current loan club, making it a decent combined total now of nine goals in 23 league starts (plus 6 as sub) for the two loan clubs.
Turning 21 this month, Toney is one of numerous players out on loan this season, and interesting to see which ones Rafa Benitez will keep and discard.
Ivan Toney is now hoping he can keep his place for the promotion run-in, starting this weekend when Scunthorpe travel to seventh placed Millwall.
Ivan Toney talking to the Scunthorpe Telegraph:
“You have got to put yourself about and you come up against big strong defenders who see you as a little boy because of my age.
“I have got to show them I am not a little boy and no pushover. You have got to put yourself around and they will realise you can look after yourself.
“You are put in the squad to do your job and I managed to do that on Sunday and repay the manager for putting me in the side.
“As a player you want to be starting games and I wanted to repay him by starting me and scoring the goals that led us to a victory.
“It has been very tough not playing the last few games because when you go out on loan you want to be playing games.
“You have got to continue to show positivity and do a job when he does put you in the side and show why he put you in the side.
“Every striker wants to be on the scoresheet and I got two on Sunday. It has come at an important time and I want to keep scoring for the side.
“I got my chance and I feel I have taken it with both hands.
“The fans saw I did well and they clapped me off which was a good feeling.
“We have got to take all the positives, minus the errors, into next week and then who says we can’t win.
“We have got to beat Millwall and then see where we are at.”