Newcastle’s Development manager Peter Beardsley was extremely pleased with the performance of 19 year-old striker Ivan Toney on Monday, in his debut for the U21 team who drew 1-1 with Blackburn Rovers.
Peter had also talked about how impressed he was with our new goalkeeper Karl Darlow, who was the captain of the side, because of the leadership he showed both in the dressing room and on the field with the youngsters.
Ivan Toney on Monday night
This is what Peter had to say after the game about Ivan:
“Ivan had a couple of efforts late on and looked sharp.” “He will be good for us.” “I really like what I’ve seen from him so far. He’s big, strong and shoots on sight, but he can also create and put a couple of great crosses in, which we could have scored from.”
Peter is not short in his praise of his players after games, and Steve McClaren was also there to watch the teenager and Steve will need to decide if it’s best to keep Ivan on Tyneside this season or send him out on loan.
Steve McClaren on Monday at Whitley Park
If he is not near the first team it would seem a good deal to send the lad out on loan to get some first team games in the lower leagues – and certainly we’ve seen that both Adam Armstrong and Freddie Woodman are doing very well at Coventry and Crawley respectively on their six month loan spells.
Ivan looks a decent player and Newcastle did well to get him, given that a number of clubs were after him this summer.