Brentford hero Ivan Toney has admitted he was extra motivated to impress against Wolves at the weekend because of a move to Molineux that fell through, speaking to talkSPORT (20 September, 12pm).
Bruno Lage’s side ended the game with six forwards on the pitch but still failed to force Brentford goalkeeper David Raya into a save worthy of the name.
But while Wolverhampton Wanderers looked as blunt as a Poundland steak knife, drawing a blank in front of a frustrated Molineux fanbase, Brentford’s performance told a very different story. It was a ruthless, remorseless counter-attacking display from a side that scored twice from just three shots on target.
And while Brentford’s talisman failed to get the rewards for a masterful centre-forward performance against Brighton last time out, fate and fortune was shining on him in the Black Country.
A trademark Toney penalty gave the Bees a deserved first-half lead, one the former Newcastle United youngster helped double with an inch-perfect assist for strike partner Bryan Mbeumo.
And the fact Toney came so close to pulling on Old Gold in 2014 – a failed medical ruining a bargain £500,000 deal at the eleventh hour – only served to rub salt into those gaping Wolves wounds.
Wolves must be wishing they had Brentford ace Ivan Toney now
“I was going to sign for Wolves back in the day so that gave me a little bit (of motivation)” smiled £25 million-rated Toney, an all-round number nine in the Raul Jimenez mould who has now scored 35 goals in 56 games for the London club.
When quizzed about his personal ambitions, the 25-year-old admitted he’s setting his sights high.
“The Golden Boot!” he quipped. “I want to improve every day. Every day, I try to improve and improve others.”
A creator and a taker of chances, Brentford’s hopes of securing an extended stay in the big time have been given an almighty boost by Toney’s superb start to Premier League life.
Prolific centre-forwards can often be the difference between survival and relegation – just ask Fulham – and Thomas Frank certainly has one of those at his disposal.