West Ham United are keen on Ivan Toney but Danny Murphy isn’t convinced the Brentford striker is the right man for David Moyes, speaking to talkSPORT (16 February, 4pm).
Fans of another claret-and-blue club may disagree.
Ollie Watkins had never kicked a ball in the Premier League before this season but, after a fantastic debut season in the top flight, no-one is questioning his £28 million price tag these days.
Toney replaced Watkins in Thomas Frank’s front line six months ago and, on current form, it seems only a matter of time before he joins the Villa frontman in the Premier League – only time will tell whether that’s with Brentford.
EuroSport claims West Ham have been watching the former Newcastle United youngster closely.
And, with 23 goals in just 33 games, Toney looks set to comfortably exceed the tally set by Watkins during his final season at promotion-chasing Brentford.
But Murphy remains unconvinced a striker who was playing third-tier football with Peterborough United just 12 months ago would be an upgrade on Michail Antonio at high-flying West Ham.
“Toney is unproven. It would be a lot to shell out on a man who hasn’t scored in any top flight,” says the former Liverpool playmaker, who believes the Hammers would be better served turning Jarrod Bowen into a number nine.
“I’d rather say to Bowen ‘you have a go down the middle’ because he’ll get goals. He knows where the back of the net is.
“I wouldn’t be taking that gamble (on Toney).
“Watkins is a good example but there are probably lots of examples of players who’ve come from the Championship who haven’t done what Watkins has done.”
Watkins, of course, isn’t the only former Brentford ace who has taken to the top flight like a duck to water.
Said Benrahma is growing by the week at West Ham while Neal Maupay and Ezri Konsa have made their mark at Brighton and Aston Villa respectively.