Ivan Toney eyes important role at Newcastle United this season

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The youngster has so far made just three appearances since his summer move.

Newcastle United starlet Ivan Toney has stated his desire to play an important role in the Magpies’ campaign this year.

The 19-year old arrived from Northampton Town in the summer and hasn’t featured majorly in Newcastle’s dismal start to the season.

Two appearances in the Capital One Cup were followed up by his Premier League debut in the 2-2 draw with Chelsea and the promising striker is now looking to get more game time under his belt.

“At any level, minutes is the main thing, really,” said Toney, in quotes published by the Shields Gazette.

“I’m happy to be playing football at such a high level…. I just want to be involved in any game, no matter who it is.

“If the manager picks me, I just have to do my job when called upon,” he added.

The former Northampton Town man has been flying for the Magpies’ under-21 team and was recently awarded the Under-21 Premier League player of the month for September.

His performances will not have gone unnoticed by Steve McClaren - especially given his current crop of front men.

Beyond Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez there has been a distinct lack of viable options and Papisse Cisse – who would ordinarily be considered a decent alternative – has shown very little all season.

Emmanuel Riviere continues to struggle with injuries and has given very little indication that he will be a viable option any time soon – potentially leaving the door open for Ivan Toney to take centre stage.

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