When asked if he believes he is ready for first-team action, Toney said: “I think I'm capable of anything. If they throw me in the first team at the deep end then I can handle it. But that's up to the manager to decide if he believes in me.”
Toney joined Newcastle over the summer, and has so far made three appearances for the Magpies first-team set-up.
He has appeared in both League Cup games that McClaren’s men played, before making his Premier League debut against Chelsea in the 2-2 last month.
The youngster, 19, has been impressing in the Under-21 set-up this season, and he was not expected to play much for the senior team following his summer signing from Northampton Town.
Toney is considered a player for the future, but it is clear that he has a belief in his own abilities that he is good enough to make a Premier League impact already.
McClaren may think otherwise, but he has already used Toney sparingly this term, and if his senior players continue to struggle, the head coach may have no choice but to look towards Toney as the season progresses to save Newcastle’s campaign from disaster.