Jeff Stelling and Clinton Morrison claimed on Soccer Special (16/03/21, 7 pm start) that reported Arsenal and Leeds target Ivan Toney will be a Premier League player next season.
The sought-after striker scored his 27th goal of the Championship campaign on Tuesday night to help his side record a 2-2 draw at Derby.
TeamTalk have previously claimed that the likes of Leeds, Arsenal and Wolves are keen on securing the former Newcastle man’s signature for the summer.
Well, after doing the business once again last night, ex-Palace striker Morrison and Soccer Saturday host, Stelling think he is Premier League-bound regardless of what happens to Brentford’s promotion hopes.
“He has been outstanding,” said Morrison. “He’s the type of striker that can get 35 goals this season. He might be on that because he has been excellent.
“This run-up (for the penalty) is ridiculous. Oh my God, how classy is that! You have to be some player to walk up and take a penalty like that.
Stelling added: “To be brutally honest, whether Brentford are in the Premier League next season then I think there is every chance that Ivan Toney will be.”
Morrison stated aftet the game: “He has been outstanding for Brentford this season, as you said Jeff, he will be in the Premier League next season, whether it’s with Brentford or not.”
There is every chance that Toney will hit 30-plus for the Bees this season, which would be some achievement from the 25-year-old.
Both Arsenal and Leeds could do with his services next season and they shouldn’t be put off by the fact that he is plying his trade in England’s second tier.
Ollie Watkins was snapped up by Aston Villa from Brentford in the summer and he has hit double figures in his debut Premier League campaign, including scoring home and away against the Gunners.
It’s a risk but it’s one worth taking because Brentford are one of the best in the football league at plucking out talent and allowing them to shine.