Ivan Toney admits to feeling homesick after summer move to Newcastle United

The former Northampton Town youngster has impressed on the pitch, despite his troubles off it.

Newcastle United summer signing Ivan Toney has admitted to suffering from homesickness following his switch from Northampton Town.

The 19-year old joined from the League Two side in August and has made three appearances for the first-team so far this season, but admits it’s been a struggle living away from home.

"It was my first time away from home. My mum's not there to do everything for me, so I've got to be a big man for myself," said Toney, in an interview with BBC Radio Northampton.

"The football's obviously a bit different tempo-wise but I've managed to adapt to it and I'm enjoying it."

He continued: "A little bit (of homesickness), missing my family a lot but other than that it's alright."

Toney burst through the Cobbler’s youth ranks and became the youngest player to represent the club when he made his debut in 2012.

His 13 goals in his 60 senior games prompted Steve McClaren to move for him and his quality is fast becoming apparent at St James Park.

He has mainly spent time with the Magpies’ development squad this season and was named the Under-21 Premier League player of the month for September, after netting twice in three appearances.

The striker was signed with a view to the future but could play a more prominent role than he had anticipated in the coming months.

While Ayoze Perez and Aleksandar Mitrovic seem to be forging a promising partnership, there are doubts over the back-up options at the club currently.

Papisse Cisse is out of favour and a January departure wouldn’t be a surprise, while Emmanuel Riviere has been plagued with fitness issues and has failed to impress throughout his time on Tyneside.

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