We keep hearing how well our 19 year-old new signing Ivan Toney is doing in training and last month he was the Barclays Under-21 Premier League Player of the Month and when he ahs played for the first team (3 times so far) he’s looked very decent.
21 year-old Aleksandar Mitrovic and 22 year-old Ayoze Perez are the current first choice strikers with 30 year-old veteran Papiss Cisse on the bench, but Newcastle would like to unload Cisse in January.
Ivan Toney – Newcastle’s 19 year-old striker
That’s presumably only if we can get an experienced striker in before February rolls around.
So it’s hard to see how Ivan can get many games at Newcastle this season but his form has him pushing for a first-team place – and that’s good.
It looked like it’s another excellent signing for the club and the difference this time is that he’s English and was Northampton Town’s youngest ever player when he made his debut in 2012 as a 16 year-old.
Toney has done well in Peter Beardsley’s U21 side and in seven appearances he has five goals – so his stats are already impressive.
Ivan was in action on Monday night at Derby County in the 6-4 loss and there were a number of scouts at the game taking a look at him.
Steve McClaren has been thinking for a while whether he should send the lad out on loan, but it looks like he’s liked what he has seen and has kept him at Newcastle as part of the first team squad.
There’s nothing wrong with sending the lad out on a month-long loan deal so he can some first team gems under his belt as long as he can be withdrawn in case we need him for the first team.
But the bottom line with Ivan is that he looks a good player already and he will be pushing more and more for a first team position as the season goes on.
Ivan like playing up front in the center – but he’s also played out on the wing for Newcastle so he’s also versatile.
Gini Wijnaldum, Chancel Mbemba and Aleksandar Mitrovic are starting to look good buys for Newcastle, so the only one who hasn’t shown us too much this season is French winger Florian Thauvin – but there’s still a lot of time for the 22 year-old to come through.
Maybe he’ll get another first team outing in the second half on Saturday when we are at home to Stoke City.
What do you think?