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Ivan Toney returns to Tyneside and manager gives his opinion

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Ivan Toney will step out onto the St James Park pitch on Saturday, just over three years and three months following his permanent exit out of Newcastle United.

Signed for £500,000 from then League Two Northampton Town back in summer 2015, the striker only managed ten minutes of Premier League football, before a series of very average loan spells at various League One and Championship clubs.

It was only when making a permanent move to Peterborough that Ivan Toney really started to progress, 40 goals in 63 League One starts (and 13 sub appearances) getting the striker a lift into the Championship, Brentford replacing Ollie Watkins after his big money move to Aston Villa. Newcastle then banking a bonus few million thanks to a sell-on clause, having initially got their £500,000 back when selling to Peterborough.

Ivan Toney stepped in and stepped up, a very impressive 33 Championship goals (including two in the play-off semi-final and final) and 10 assists, the main factor in Brentford finally making it to the Premier League.

After 11 Premier League starts and playing every minute of the league season so far, Ivan Toney is predictably not finding goals quite as easy to come by.

The former Newcastle striker has scored twice, as well as contributing two assists in the Premier League so far.

Brentford boss Thomas Frank has been discussing this Ivan Toney return to St James Park and believes Toney ‘will be slightly more motivated to show but it is about that inner fire. It is important to hit that right level that you aren’t going over the top.’

Eddie Howe has the job of improving things at both ends for Newcastle United, a side that has one of the worst records this season in terms of creating chances AND only Norwich have conceded more goals.

Saturday afternoon success could very well depend on keeping out a ‘slightly more motivated’ Ivan Toney AND getting a reasonable number of chances to Callum Wilson. The Newcastle striker managing a very impressive four goals, considering he has only played seven games and had 14 chances in total.

Ivan Toney of course already has a win against Newcastle United to his name. Despite resting half his team, including Ivan Toney, from the starting eleven, then Championship Brentford completely dominated a woeful Newcastle United set up so negatively by Steve Bruce in December 2020. United exiting the League Cup and Ivan Toney coming on as a second half sub and looking impressive.

Thomas Frank asked about Ivan Toney returning to Tyneside:

“For me, I see it as another game.

“Maybe he [Ivan Toney] will be slightly more motivated to show but it is about that inner fire.

“It is important to hit that right level that you aren’t going over the top.

“I never see that from Ivan; he is very level-headed, very much focused and in the game.

“In terms of goals, Ivan is maybe the only one who believes he can score 31 goals in the Premier League, which is why he is so good.

“He has been fantastic in the link up and assist play in our team.

“He has two or three assists but should have more.

“He’s getting his chances; it is natural it goes a little bit up and down with strikers and goals.”

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