Ivan Toney has enjoyed a strong start to his time in the Premier League so far, and Gabby Agbonlahor has told talkSPORT he could see the Brentford striker at Everton or West Ham.
Toney helped fire the Bees into the top-flight as Championship play-off winners last season. He scored 33 goals in 47 games, after making the step up to the second-tier in 2020. Leaving Peterborough United for an initial £5m, in a transfer that could net the Posh £10m.
Making another step up to play regular top-flight football has not been too problematic for the 25-year-old, either. Toney has scored twice and provided two assists in his seven games so far this season, starting and playing the full 90-minutes in each of Brentford’s fixtures.
Toney had far less success as a top-flight striker with Newcastle in 2015/16, when the then-19-year-old only managed 10-minutes. But since then, the Northampton-born forward has turned his career back around and is now proving his Premier League potential.
Agbonlahor believes Toney would likely have left Brentford this summer had the Bees not secured promotion. Now, his efforts are showing why Toney has the talent to play for clubs in Everton and West Ham’s bracket.
“I think if Brentford didn’t come up, he would’ve left. But you’re not going to leave a club that’s just been promoted,” Agbonlahor said. “I could picture him in a West Ham team or at Everton. I think he’s got what it takes to be in a team that’s fighting for Europe.”
Agbonlahor waxes lyrical over Everton and West Ham worthy Toney
Agbonlahor offered further praise for Toney, along with suggesting the Bretford striker is worthy of an Everton or West Ham. The former Aston Villa hero proposed the £21k-a-week forward should also be on Gareth Southgate’s radar for the England squad.
“I watched him last season in the Championship, and I was intrigued to see if he could make the step up,” Agbonlahor added. “But he’s set the Premier League alight. He holds the ball up well, he can score goals, he’s good in the air – he’s done outstanding.
“When you’re watching England, you’re thinking he probably would’ve done a better job [on Tuesday] than Harry Kane in his current form. So, he’s definitely one for me that Southgate’s probably looking at.”
West Ham did look into signing Toney from Brentford in the last transfer window, before Agbonlahor suggested he would suit. The Daily Star reported in March that his name featured on three-man centre-forward shortlist with Tammy Abraham and Eddie Nketiah.
Additionally, The Sun claimed in May that West Ham were rivalling Chelsea for a £35m deal if Brentford missed promotion. While The Athletic noted Everton also prepared a bid. But Toney fired the Bees into the Premier League, to end Everton and West Ham’s hopes.