Back at the start of March, The Chronicle stated that Newcastle United were willing to listen to offers for striker Ivan Toney in the summer transfer window – and few would have been surprised on Tyneside.
The 22-year-old has made just two league appearances since he moved to St James’ Park from Northampton Town in the summer of 2015, and since Rafa Benitez took charge at Newcastle two years ago, Toney has been farmed out on loan to Shrewsbury, Wigan and now Scunthorpe United.
But since those reports emerged suggesting his Newcastle career was coming to an end, Toney has been in prolific form. The rangy frontman has scored six goals since moving to Scunthorpe in January – including four in his last seven games, after netting the winner away at Charlton Athletic last week to keep The Iron in the League One play-off places.
According to an updated report from the Chronicle, however, Newcastle could still look to cash in on Toney this summer despite the fact he is enjoying perhaps the best run of form in his young career at Glanford Park right now.
But Toney should not see this as a blow – instead an opportunity to really push on in a career that has not really panned out as expected since he earned his big move away from Northampton.
“I’m a striker, and I want to score goals. There’s no better feeling than scoring a goal and being able to secure three points for the team,” Toney told the Scunthorpe Telegraph.
“Especially playing as the lone striker in this formation, you do feel like you’re the one the team looks to for the goals. I’m always happy to get on the scoresheet.”
Toney is clearly enjoying the regular first-team football at Glanford Park – and the pressure to score goals to fire Scunthorpe to promotion. The next step is to ensure the starts continue next season and he can keep this form going.
In truth, a permanent move away from Newcastle is now looking like the right thing for his career.
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