Steve McClaren’s side are currently bottom of the Premier League, without a win all season and with just three points from a possible 24.
There is a bad run, and there is what is currently going on at St James’ Park, illustrated perfectly by their 6-1 defeat to Manchester City prior to the international break.
Newcastle need something to change quickly, and with striker Papiss Cisse flattering to deceive this season, Toney may have the chance to make the difference sooner than first expected.
With fellow teenage striker currently on loan at Coventry City, Toney is the sensible alternative to shake things up for Newcastle’s forward-line.
Aleksandar Mitrovic was always going to take time to settle but Cisse has looked disinterested in recent matches and Toney deserves to show what he can do.
The 19-year-old has scored two goals in his last two appearances for Newcastle’s under-21 side, and considering they were the first two occasions he captained the young team it suggests he thrives on responsibility.
With 13 goals for his former club Northampton, the time could be right to throw Toney in at the deep end and see what happens. After all, it cannot get any worse but it can get a hell of a lot better.