A little talked about player is likely to be the Newcastle striker who ends the season with most goals.

Still only 22, for whatever reason Ivan Toney hasn’t had anything like the media coverage that Aleksandar Mitrovic, or even Adam Armstrong, have had in their loan spells elsewhere.

These last two seasons, the former Northampton striker has scored 25 league goals in only 53 starts (plus sub appearances), whilst out on four separate loan spells.

Last season it was Shrewsbury and Scunthorpe, now this season it has been Wigan and Scunthorpe.

Ivan Toney has already played his part in helping Wigan to go up automatically from League One this season, scoring four goals and starting 10 league games in the first half of this season.

Now eight goals in his last 13 matches for Scunthorpe have ensured that now they are definitely in the play-offs, to try and join Wigan in the Championship (Adam Armstrong having also helped Blackburn to make that step this season as well).

Whilst Newcastle have the lowest top scorer in the Premier League with Perez and Gayle on five goals each, Ivan Toney has 14 goals already, the same as Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Still a massive leap to then becoming a Premier League striker but maybe worth sending Toney out on loan in the Championship next season to see if he can progress further.

Newcastle players with most goals so far this season, for NUFC and/or loan clubs (all competitions):

14 Ivan Toney (6 Wigan 8 Scunthorpe)

(1 League One match remains, plus play-off games)

14 Aleksandar Mitrovic (2 Newcastle United and 12 Fulham)

(1 Championship match remains, plus potential play-off games)

12 Adam Armstrong (3 Bolton and 9 Blackburn)

(1 League One match remains, plus potential play-off games)

9 Sean Longstaff (9 Blackpool)

(1 League One match remains)

5 Dwight Gayle

(3 Premier League matches remain)

5 Ayoze Perez

(3 Premier League matches remain)

4 Joselu

(3 Premier League matches remain)

  • Albert Stubbins

    A league two player. Just what we need. He’s what the makems need not us I’m afraid.

  • Weyhhadaway

    That pic looks he just had something nasty shoved where the sun don’t shine. He has done well, the lack of teams in the Championship looking at him would appear to suggest he may be a lower league striker.
    Of course if Rafa walks, we sell Mitro, Gayle and Perez we could have him and Arma up front next season. Oh and Joselu, forgot Joselu.

  • HarryHype59

    He is twenty two now so hardly a kid. Perhaps we could flog him to the third tier side? Sunderland anyone?

  • Mxpx

    He’s played a full season… Mitrovic has played half a season and Armstrong has scored more per appearance too in league 1 I think these are the players who we should be excited by not to mention toneys poor disciplinary record I don’t think toney will be able to do too much in the Premier league fair play to him might be time to make that loan move permanent

  • Fatwatch

    Having these loan players spread across the EFL certainly makes me take notice of other leagues. And there’s a feeling of pride associated with it when they score. But, being honest with myself, I don’t expect any of these players (incl Mitro) to come back to Toon and make it work in the Prem.

  • Scoring for 2 different teams like that means Toney is a very quick adapting to new teams and players. Seeing his physical prowess a Championship loan for him, Armstrong and Longstaff are a must if they want to progress. I assume there will be plenty of interest for both.
    I actually fancy keeping one as backup instead of Joselu.

  • Philippines

    I think it is a bit silly to keep using that photograph at the top.