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.

Graham Alexander:

 “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!

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.”

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Has the makings of another young player full of schitt

    • Geordiegiants

      Ivan Ranger by the sounds of things.

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    • Peaky Magpie

      Has he just spotted Pedro in the crowd on that photo up top ???? 😳😳😳

  • ghostrider

    Ivan Toney has all the makings of a top player.
    A player that seems to not be afraid of speaking up and doesn’t appear to be one to be pushed around.

    I actually feel a bit sorry for the lad.
    It’s easy for people to try and make light of the situation and believe it’s some kind of male like diva act but have a think how any of you would feel if you were overlooked by someone you thought would wish you a happy birthday. You’d be miffed and rightly so.
    This lad is young and is shipped about. He’s bound to feel the strains at times.

    The penalty incident might be a culmination of pent up stress or a desire to take something he earned.
    Either way it shows he has hunger and passion as well as maybe a little bit of arrogance. They’re all good attributes if you want to make it to the top.

    • Wor Lass

      Please explain exactly why you think he has the makings of a top player. You can use more than 10 words if you like and I`ll get someone to read it to me.

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        He’s the best young striker on our books behind mitro

        • HarryHype59

          That sums up the problems at this club and explains why we are relegation fodder.

    • Philippines

      Gawd save us from shrinking violets. And to think of those poor lads paid thousands of pounds a week that Peter Beardsley treated in a horrible manner. My father went to jail when I was twelve and killed himself when I was nineteen. I have had bosses scream and shout at me. I just got on with it.

  • Phil Yare

    i’m trying to think of the last time my employer wished me happy birthday. these people don’t live on planet earth

  • Dillon Tovak

    Get him off the books ASAP in the summer.
    Recently he posted something on twitter and the replies were all from Wigan fans saying how sh|t he is, so if that’s the case, get rid.

  • thewildchimp

    Meanwhile, in some parts of the world, people only wish for their
    employers to pay them regularly… What the hell is with these
    self-absorbed pri’ks who only know how to kick the ball yet think they
    are important?

  • robbersdog

    I’ve just checked his professional record – no goals in the Prem, around one goal every five games in Div 1 and no international call-ups at any level. He’s done OK wherever he’s played, without pulling up any trees.

    Basically, he’s a half-decent forward who might make it with a Championship club one day, but if Newcastle have any ambition to push on in the Premier League, we need to get people like this off the books.

  • Wor Lass

    Porter, try writing an article about something that matters instead of just stirring up the Schitt.

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  • Philippines

    In 1976 I was home on leave in UK, from Hong Kong, staying with my mother. It was my 30th birthday, a great milestone. It was just me and her watching TV in her small flat. I thought, “She kept this surprise party quiet”. There was no party. She didn’t even have any drink in the house except for a can of shandy. I immediately asked for a transfer and then went to the pub in disgust. I could probably have been a great footballer if it hadn’t been for that traumatic experience.

  • Natturner26

    He’s 22 acting like a child in League One. Get rid.

  • Paul Cannell

    Happy birthday Ivan, i hope your 13th birthday is a better one.

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  • Andynufc

    Forgot he was even signed by nufc.

  • Ntfc#1

    I’ve supported ntfc for many years now and Ivan toney was one of our academy players who shone everytime he played for us, of which I’m very grateful and was peed off when he left, but hopefully he will soon be in nufc 1st team squad regularly proving a point I hope. And I know he should watch what he post’s on social media, whether he’s a professional footballer or not, but who on here can say that they haven’t ever made a mistake. Very happy belated birthday 🎂 ivan.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Most who post on here have never seen him play live, they may have seen him get a short run out as a 19/20 yo in a league cup game on TV. Hes a very good young player, he may just make it but it’s in spite of the support from armchair critics on here.

      He doesn’t get support, in part because he was bought by Graham Carr who clearly saw potential. Sadly most of our fans (who comment on here) want us to buy £20m players with household names and Ivan didn’t fit the bill.

      Those who comment will not know he’s been getting almost a goal every 90 mins played at Scunny.

      • HarryHype59

        He cost around a million pound, do you think the club could recoup that by selling him in the summer?

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          It was £600k as a transfer fee but in terms of wages and training costs, about £1m.

          I’m not sure if we could get that now but the plan will be for him to move up a division and progress. Players like him are bought for their potential.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          I know I’m recouping money from you in the summer.

          • HarryHype59

            The gap between NUFC and a relegation spot is four points. The margin of safety is too narrow to get cocky!

  • Mxpx

    Send him back to the cobblers on a free in the summer he’s never going to be a first team player for us but he could do a job for them

  • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

    Two articles on Toney trying to paint a picture that isn’t true. This one is an amazingly lazy piece of work, cutting and pasting the rubbish from the day before.

    No mention that Toney caused problems for the opposition, was bought down for the free kick that got the first goal and also for the penalty. The guy who took the pen missed it.

    Our support of young players coming through is woeful.

  • kingfisher

    These spoilt brats should try getting up at 6am, and working on a construction site for 8 hours.They really don’t know what life’s all about.
    They are more concerned with:

    1) What colour their boots are.
    2) What their hair looks like.
    3) What type of headphones to wear.
    4) What car to drive.
    5) Posting comments on social media.

    Sir Les Ferdinand used to be a Painter and Decorator and he always said he appreciated being a professional footballer, having seen the other side of life.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      i don’t think that working on a construction site is going to improve their football.

      Toney is hardly a spoilt brat, he’s on loan at Scunthorpe, scoring well, he was fouled (could have been a red card) for the free kick that got the first goal, fouled again to win the penalty. He’s getting just under a goal every other game.

      If both he and Adam Armstrong continue to do well, they could be our front two for 2019/20.

      • kingfisher

        It would hopefully improve their attitude and social skills knowing how lucky they are to be doing something they love and getting paid very,very well ,and therefore it should have a positive effect on their football .
        If they are aware that if they don’t apply themselves professionally ( i.e Nile Ranger) and don’t make the grade then they may well be digging holes on a construction site !

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          My point in this case is Ivan Toney doesn’t have a bad attitude. It’s clearly a slow news week and the Mag have raked up two stories where one does not exist . The birthday thing was hardly a strop / sulk, just a bit of a fun tweet saying Scunthorpe remembered but NUFC didn’t. The other is Toney wanted to take the pen on Saturday but the regular taker took it and missed. Now, Toney may have put undue pressure on the taker and he admitted afterwards he should not have grabbed the ball but it was hardly a strop. I saw a little known Shearer playing for Southampton youth side do exactly that and he didn’t do too bad.

          • kingfisher

            Yes,some good points there Bobbi !

      • HarryHype59

        Really!!! Not while NUFC are in the top flight!

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          That has to be the aim,

  • HarryHype59

    Toney is 22 now and is no longer a kid! Does anyone think he will ever be good enough to be a first team regular whilst NUFC are in the EPL?

    The only away I can envisage him ever being a regular for the first eleven, is if NUFC emulate the Mackems and manage back to back relegations!.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Toney and Armstrong are doing well in league one. They are not ready for the first team yet but they may be ready soon. They need to do well in the next 18 months, at 21 / just 22, they are not kids but not at an age where they will be expected to perform at the highest level.

      • HarryHype59

        “Toney and Armstrong are doing well in league one”

        That sums up the problem. At 21 and 22 they should be “doing well” in the Championship at least. I don’t see either making it in the EPL. Maybe they can develop their skills playing against Sunlun next season.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          At 21? The only 21 yo in the Championship scoring goals in numbers is Jota at Wolves.

          You may be right, both may not make it and in 12 months we’ll know but not yet.