It will be very interesting to see what Newcastle do with 19 year-old Ivan Toney this season and from what we’ve seen of the 19 year-old so far this season he looks to be a very decent signing.
And since he’s English and he is used to English football after playing 60 games with 13 goals for his home town club Northampton, maybe this lad can come through for us this season – but that will depend on whether Steve McClaren sends him out on loan or keeps him on Tyneside.
Ivan Toney – he could surprise us this season
Ivan has made a good start to his Newcastle career and he has been named the Barclays Premier League U21 Player of the Month for September.
Ivan has already made three first-team appearances for Newcastle and it seems Steve McClaren is hesitant about whether to send him out on loan – maybe because he’s impressed in training.
But he’s looked comfortable enough when he’s played for the first team and maybe this is a reason why that Newcastle should be signing more British players who are already used to the physical way football is played in England.
Ivan has been interviewed in the Mail today and here are the questions put to him and his answers.
Question: What has been like training and playing for Newcastle’s senior side?
Ivan Toney: “The first time I trained I thought: ‘Wow, this is tough.’ But you quickly adapt and I soon found I was playing at the same tempo as the first-team players.”
Question: Who do you look up to in the first team?
Ivan Toney: “The way Papiss Cisse is so clinical in front of goal is something I admire. Aleksandar Mitrovic is the same, but he’s also very physical and brings others into the game.”
Question: What is Mitrovic like, he’s a bit of a character?
Ivan Toney: “When he doesn’t get his own way then he has a little huff, but he soon gets on with things and he’s a very good player.”
Question: What did that feel like coming on in front of 50,000 against Chelsea with it live on TV as well?
Ivan Toney: “It was incredible, a dream come true. I’m normally playing against these players on FIFA, all of a sudden I’m standing alongside them on the pitch. Hopefully someone will feel like that playing against me one day!”
Question: Do you feel you’re ready for first-team?
Ivan Toney: “I think I’m capable of anything. If they throw me in the first team at the deep end then I can handle it. But that’s up to the manager to decide if he believes in me.”
Question: Are you looking to go out on loan – what are your plans for next 12 months?
Ivan Toney: “I just want to play football. I’d be happy to go out on loan and I’m sure the club will make the right decision for my development.”
Those are good answers from the teenager and we wait to see what McClaren decides to do with the 19 year-old this season.
We have big hopes about what Ivan can achieve on Tyneside.
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