Newcastle United’s Ivan Toney comments on his Premier League debut

Ivan Toney made his Premier League debut for Newcastle on Saturday.

Speaking to the Shields Gazette, Ivan Toney of Newcastle has commented on making this Premier League debut for the Magpies, having come on as a late substitute against Chelsea.

Toney said: “I just wanted to play my own game at the highest level. I’ve just got to play my own game and be confident. I just wanted to be a nuisance at the top of the field. At that time, it was more of a defending part than an attacking role. I put my body about, and hopefully I can do that if I’m in the squad for Saturday.”

Toney came off the substitutes bench in the final minutes of the game against Chelsea last weekend, playing five minutes of action as the Magpies managed a 2-2 draw with the Blues.

It was the 19-year-old striker’s first taste of Premier League football, and just his third appearance for Steve McClaren’s senior team following his transfer from Northampton to St James’ Park over the summer transfer window.

Toney had made two appearances for the Magpies prior to his first Premier League outing, come on as a late substitute in both League Cup ties Newcastle have played this season.

Toney has admitted that the role he played against Chelsea was much more of a defensive one than the striking role he is used to, but minutes are minutes, and even making it onto the field of play as a teenager should be applauded.

He is just hoping that he can continue to get more minutes in the Premier League, starting with a role in Newcastle’s squad this weekend as the Magpies take on Manchester City.

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