As Alexander blasts Toney's professionalism, does he have a Newcastle future?

Graham Alexander the manager of Scunthorpe United looks on prior to the Sky Bet League One playoff semi final, first leg match between Millwall and Scunthorpe United at The Den on May 4,...

Newcastle United striker Ivan Toney has been criticised by Graham Alexander.

Scunthorpe United manager Graham Alexander looks on during The Emirates FA Cup First Round match between Northampton Town and Scunthorpe United at Sixfields on November 4, 2017 in...

Scunthorpe United boss Graham Alexander has been quoted by The Chronicle as saying that on-loan Newcastle United striker Ivan Toney was 'unprofessional' against Shrewsbury Town on Saturday afternoon.

The Iron played host to the promotion-chasing Shrews at Glanford Park on Saturday, and were looking for all three points to move a step closer to securing their League One play-off place.

Josh Morris gave Scunthorpe an early lead, but second half goals from Jon Nolan and Stefan Payne handed Shrewsbury all three points to keep them right in the automatic promotion race.

Ivan Toney of Wigan Athletic in action during the Sky Bet League One match between Wigan Athletic and Northampton Town at DW Stadium on September 19, 2017 in Wigan, England.

Scunthorpe will have been disappointed to let their lead slip, and it was made all the more galling by the fact that Morris missed a penalty in the first half.

The winger saw his spot kick saved by Dean Henderson in the Shrewsbury goal, after going through something of an argument with striker Ivan Toney over who was taking the penalty.

Toney was brought down to win the penalty, and he attempted to take it himself, with Morris managing to win the row before his effort was saved, with some suggesting that Morris was put off by the argument.

Ivan Toney of Scunthorpe United looks to play the ball watched by Jordan Turnbull of Northampton Town during the Sky Bet League One match between Scunthorpe United and Northampton Town at...

In the aftermath of the game, Scunthorpe boss Graham Alexander has been quoted by The Chronicle as saying that he feels Toney was 'unprofessional' in attempting to snatch the penalty, stating that he wants the striker to learn.

“It’s unprofessional, if I’m being honest. Everyone knows who takes the penalties, everyone knows his record,” said Alexander. “I spoke to Ivan straight after the game and told him my thoughts. Hopefully he learns from that type of incident because it just can’t happen again. There shouldn’t be an argument. We can only surmise whether it contributed to Josh having the penalty saved but it is the first one he hasn’t scored for us,” he added.

A 2015 signing from Northampton Town, Toney has made just four appearances for Newcastle and has been sent out on loan to Barnsley, Shrewsbury, Wigan and Scunthorpe. At 22, it seems unlikely that Toney will be given a first-team chance at Newcastle, and his incident with Scunthorpe certainly won't be helping his chances of a Premier League breakthrough.

Graham Alexander the manager of Scunthorpe United looks on prior to the Sky Bet League One playoff semi final, first leg match between Millwall and Scunthorpe United at The Den on May 4,...

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