Newcastle striker Ivan Toney went all Yaya Toure on Friday night.
Having waited all day for Newcastle United to wish him happy birthday on social media, the striker eventually posted on Twitter ‘At least one club wished me a happy birthday’, in reference to loan clubs Scunthorpe having recognised his 22nd birthday – unlike Newcastle (see below).
Maybe this disrespect was still weighing on his mind, as more petulant behaviour got Ivan Toney into trouble the very next day.
An important League One promotion match saw Scunthorpe at home to fellow promotion competitors Shrewsbury, with Ivan Toney starting.
Josh Morris put the home side one up after eight minutes and when Ivan Toney won a penalty just before half-time they looked to be cruising.
However, as regular penalty taker Morris went to take the kick, there was instead a long drawn out heated debate as Ivan Toney insisted he should take it, against the manager’s orders.
The Newcastle loan striker eventually was forced by his team-mates to unhappily back down and after the long interruption, Josh Morris took a poor kick which was saved.
Instead of going in cruising 2-0 at the break, it was instead only a one goal margin and within 14 minutes of the restart it was Shrewsbury who had scored two quick goals which ended up turning the match.
Shrewsbury boss Graham Alexander was furious after the match but not with Morris who failed with the penalty, instead he directed his anger at Ivan Toney for his embarrassing selfish behaviour.
Alexander leaving little doubt that he believes Toney cost them a vital win and that the Newcastle loan striker needs to grow up and learn from this episode.
“I spoke to Ivan straight after the game and told him my thoughts.
“Hopefully he learns from that type of incident because it just can’t happen again.
“There shouldn’t be an argument.
“We can only surmise whether it contributed to Josh having the penalty saved but it is the first one he hasn’t scored for us.
“I have been there as a penalty taker and it is not a good situation. You want to be focussed, concentrating on your kick and not having an argument with a team mate about who should take it, when the evidence shows you are the penalty taker.
“It is a moment I am not happy about but I have made my feelings clear and that is the end of the matter.
“Ivan is a young player but you have got to learn the importance of the team and hopefully that will be a big lesson he has learnt.
“I am not hanging anyone out but I have had to say what I did and it ends there.
“We should have gone in at half time with a two or three goal lead.
“We did all the things we wanted to do in the first half and it was one way traffic, and we were a bit disappointed we were only one up at half time.”
The Mag – Friday 16 March 2018:
Yaya Toure made headlines back in May 2014.
The Manchester City star and his agent saying that he was thinking about leaving the club because they hadn’t done enough to celebrate his 31st birthday (see below).
That this ‘snub’ was ‘proof’ that Man City didn’t care about the player.
The football world and general public reacted with disbelief, yes an excellent player with a stellar career behind him…but getting upset over how your club treats your birthday is just beyond belief.
Today (16 March 2018), Newcastle United have discovered that they have their very own Yaya Toure.
Sadly though, he hasn’t got the ability of Toure, just the embarrassing petulance at not being treated with the respect he deserves on his birthday.
The player in question is Ivan Toney, he turns 22 today and hasn’t started a single first team match for Newcastle United.
Despite this, he has thrown the toys out of the pram because Newcastle haven’t wished him happy birthday today, whereas loan club Scunthorpe have done.
Can you just imagine, the striker spending hour after hour refreshing his phone and looking in disbelief that the official NUFC Twitter account still hasn’t wished him happy birthday.
You only need to say the one word, not two…Embarrassing!
At least one club wished me a happy birthday. 🙌🏾👊🏾 https://t.co/UVHpJ4YFRf
— Ivan Toney (@ivantoney24) March 16, 2018
May 2014 – Yaya Toure agent Dmitry Seluk:
“Yaya is so upset, he is thinking of leaving City.
“There are a number of things that have happened that have left Yaya feeling bitterly upset.
“City have treated him with disrespect and have really hurt him.
“What happened at his birthday meant the club don’t care about him. It was proof.
“They can say whatever they want, ‘Oh we like him but we forgot (his birthday).’
“None of them shook his hand on his birthday.
“It’s really sick.”