Newcastle United striker Ivan Toney has made a temporary move to Wigan.
The 21 year old has agreed a one year loan deal with the League One club.
Toney was in demand after playing well and scoring goals in pre-season for the NUFC Under 23s and has signed for the Lancashire club, although some may feel that a Championship club would/should have been his next step…
Wigan Athletic Official Statement:
Wigan Athletic sign striker Ivan Toney on season-long loan.
21-year-old arrives at the DW Stadium from Newcastle United.
Toney scored 12 League One goals last season in spells at Shrewsbury Town and Scunthorpe United.
Wigan Athletic have secured the signing of Ivan Toney from Premier League Newcastle United, on a loan deal until the end of the 2017-18 season.
Toney, 21, becomes Latics’ fifth summer addition as Paul Cook shapes his squad ahead of the upcoming campaign.
The Northampton-born striker scored 12 League One goals last season, spending time with both Shrewsbury Town and Scunthorpe United.
Manager Paul Cook said of Toney’s arrival at the DW:
“Ivan’s a player with a good track record at this level, having scored goals for a number of clubs in this league.
“He is young, a good athlete and fits the mould to come into the system I want to play, giving us further competition up front with Will Grigg and Nick Powell only recently returning to action.”
Toney’s career began with his hometown club, where he made his first-team debut aged just 16 in an FA Cup tie with Bradford City in November 2012. The striker went on to establish himself as one of the EFL’s most promising young strikers when he bagged ten goals for the Cobblers in the 2014-15 campaign, whilst aged just 19.
His form at Sixfields prompted Newcastle United to secure his services in the summer of 2015, with the Magpies handing Toney a Premier League debut in September 2015 against Chelsea.
Toney then joined Barnsley on loan during the 2015-16 season and he went on to score his first goal for the Tykes at the DW Stadium as Lee Johnson’s side defeated us on penalties in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Northern Section Area final. He made a further 19 appearances for Barnsley, helping them to the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and Sky Bet League One play-off double.
Last year, Toney began the campaign with Shrewsbury, scoring seven goals in 19 games in all competitions before switching to Scunthorpe at the top end of League One, where he added another seven goals as the Iron reached the play-off semi-finals before losing to Millwall.